Nigeria Pledges $1.5million To Support AU mission in CAR

Nigeria on Saturday pledged 1.5 million US dollars at an international donor summit at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa to support African-led international mission in the Central African Republic, MISCA.

The minister of state II for Foreign Affairs, Nurudeen Mohammed, announced the pledge as 60 nations came together to raise money for the crisis-stricken Central African Republic, CAR.

“The situation in CAR demands our collective resolve to help that sister country to win the peace and embark on national reconciliation and re-establish critical government infrastructure,” he said.

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Mohammed urged parties to the conflict in CAR to “bury their differences, rebuild confidence in one another and resolve to live together in the interest of peace, stability and national development.”

The minister also called on the people of CAR to rally behind the newly installed Interim government led by Catherine Samba-Panza.

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In addition to the financial donation, he said Nigeria was prepared to offer technical assistance to CAR to help in post-conflict reconstruction and development.

The donor summit was held at the end of a week long meeting of the AU in Addis Ababa.

The European Union had pledged $61 million, the largest sum and it had already given CAR $271 million since December.

EU Africa director, Nicholas Westcott said the bloc was conscious of the urgent need to provide political and financial support to the new transitional government in Bangui.

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UN deputy secretary-general,  Jan Eliasson, told the conference that it was their collective responsibility towards the people of the Central African Republic to respond rapidly and robustly to their plight now and to prevent further atrocities.

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