Amb. Conteh Pays Tribute to Nigerian Military

first_imgLiberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Professor Al-Hassan Conteh, has paid tribute to the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in the search of lasting peace and security in the world.A dispatch from the Liberian Embassy in Abuja says the Liberian envoy recognized in particular the important role and sacrifices of the Nigerian military in maintaining national and global peace and security.“The Nigerian military has taken a vanguard role restoring peace and stability in West Africa. My sister here [the Sierra Leonean High Commissioner] mentioned Sierra Leone and of course I can mention the same about Liberia. You know the history [about ECOMOG’s intervention],” the Ambassador said. Ambassador Conteh made the commendation when he delivered his goodwill message during the observance of World Peace Day held in Abuja last week at a continental hotel.The program was hosted by the Coalition of Civil Societies in Nigeria with a focus on ‘All Civil Society Conference on Peace, Security and Military Relations in commemoration of the United Nations World Peace Day.’ Speaking on how civil society and the military can collaborate, Ambassador Conteh said the civil-military collaboration must also address problems of abject poverty, extreme hunger, mass unemployment, and political marginalization. Ambassador Conteh insisted that civil society must continue its work with the military to confront insurgencies and armed conflicts which are the causes of wanton global fatalities: “Civil society and the military must complement each other to ensure a stable and violent-free world.” He warned that if this must work, governments must provide the enabling environment for peace to thrive. He also said civil society must be in the vanguard to mobilize other relevant stakeholders to work for peace: “This is a collective responsibility that all stakeholders must steadfastly support.” Ambassador Conteh, who also delivered the goodwill message on behalf of the Dean of the Diplomatic Community, stated that he and his fellow envoys remain unflinchingly committed to supporting and promoting peace and security: “We will continue to work with every segment of the Nigerian society through joint actions and partnerships that are mutually reinforcing to institutionalize the culture of peace in Nigeria, Africa and the world.” Citing the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Armed Conflict Survey, the Liberian Ambassador noted that there are currently 42 armed conflicts around the world, ranging from civil wars, insurgencies to other forms of violent unrests.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vuelta a España: Roglic extends lead as Pogacar takes thrilling 13th stage

first_img Support The Guardian Helicopter reveals rooftop marijuana plantations while filming Vuelta Share on Messenger The Slovenian Primoz Roglic struck another blow in his bid to win the Vuelta a España by extending his overall lead by 33 seconds after finishing second on Friday’s stage 13 on the tail of winner Tadej Pogacar.Roglic leads Spain’s Alejandro Valverde by two minutes and 25 seconds, while the Slovenian Pogacar climbed into third place overall thanks to his stage win, trailing Roglic by 3min 1sec. Roglic had taken a commanding lead by winning Tuesday’s time trial but had taken it easy in the last two hilly rides along with his fellow general classification contenders. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Yet he took centre stage when the race returned to the mountains in picturesque northern Spain. Chris Froome, twice a winner of the Vuelta, once compared the stage’s summit finish to “riding up a wall” and it was on the final ascent of the stage where the drama began.The Spaniard Héctor Sáez was leading by over two minutes before reaching the foot of Los Machucos but he was soon overtaken by Bruno Armirail as the climb kicked in, with the peloton closing in behind.The 2016 winner, Nairo Quintana, launched an attack but was soon reeled in, while Roglic and Pogacar finally broke free with two kilometres to go. The Slovenian duo set their sights on the then leader Pierre Latour, overtaking the Frenchman with little more than a kilometre to go.Pogacar, aged 20, dug deeper and took his second stage victory of this Vuelta, his grand tour debut, while Roglic came in in his slipstream, with Latour third, 27 seconds back.Meanwhile, the Giro d’Italia winner, Richard Carapaz, will miss the Tour of Britain after failing to receive his visa in time. The 26-year-old Ecuadorian had been set to race alongside his Movistar teammate Mikel Landa on his debut in the race which begins in Scotland on Saturday.Carapaz’s absence is a blow for Movistar and the race which has grown in profile in recent years, with Mark Cavendish lining up for a Dimension Data team featuring his trusted leadout man Mark Renshaw who will retire at the end of the season.center_img Share via Email news … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Cycling Share on LinkedIn Vuelta a España Read more UK Sport Topicslast_img read more