In Lebanon, Nigerian troops attached to the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have been awarded medals by the UNIFIL Commander, Lieutenant-General William Callaghan, of Ireland.
SV Nigerian troops on parade, officers with General Callaghan march past.
SV General Callaghan surrounded by Nigerian officers inspect troops. (2 SHOTS)
GV Nigerian troops on parade.
SV PULL BACK TO GV General Callaghan saluting as Nigerian troops do slow march past in formation. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Nigerian diplomats, officers, UN troops and Lebanese officials watch from public stand.
SVs General Callaghan pins medals on Nigerian soldiers. (4 SHOTS)
GV Nigerian rhythm band plays African drum music. (2 SHOTS)
GV Nigerian dancers perform.
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Background: In Lebanon, Nigerian troops attached to the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have been awarded medals by the UNIFIL Commander, Lieutenant-General William Callaghan, of Ireland. The ceremony took place at the Nigerians' base in Southern Lebanon on Thursday (25 March). The presentation of the medals was a part of a special programme of visits by General Callaghan to UNIFIL units in different parts of Southern Lebanon. The ceremony was watched by senior Nigerian diplomatic staff and army officers, as well as other United Nations personnel and Lebanese officials. After the medals were awarded, the Nigerian troops staged a march past in front of General Callaghan. Later an African band beat out a rhythm on traditional hollow-log drums, and tribal dancers provide at colourful display. Nigeria is one of 12 countries providing troops to UNIFIL; it has 700 soldiers there. UNIFIL was sent to Lebanon following the Israeli invasion of the south of the country in 1978.