Nigeria's Peace-Keeping Initiative in West Africa

Adedoyin Jolaade, Omede (1994)


The formation of the ECOWAS peace-keeping force (ECOMOG) in Liberia was initiated by Nigeria in 1991. The raison d'etre of the peace-keeping force was, among other things, to help solve the conflict in Liberia and, most of all, to prevent the crisis from spreading into neighbouring countries. It is particularly interesting to note that the task set by Nigeria in sponsoring the ECNOMOG has generated lots of controversy both from within and outside the country. The major snag in the peace-keeping initiative, however, centre mainly on the peace-enforcement policy that was later adopted by the Nigerian authorities...