Saturday, 2 February 2013

 International donors have pledged over US$450 million to support an African force to fight Islamist militants in northern Mali. The pledges came at a donors conference held Tuesday (January 30th) in Addis Ababa to raise funds and logistics support for the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA). Prior to the donors' conference, the AU's new chairperson, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, announced the AU Assembly's pledge to help stabilize Mali. The Assembly of Heads of State and Government adopted a declaration reaffirming its solidarity with Mali and expressing the determination to coordinate the efforts of member states. Prime Minister Hailemariam said the contributions toward Mali and the initiatives of NEPAD were examples of Africa trying to overcome its own problems instead of waiting for other countries to help.Below isthe  contigent  of Nigeria  led by H.E Goodluck johnathan-the Nigeria president