General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Armoured Division, Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Rukuba Barracks, Jos, Major-General Eboibowei Bonna Awala, has said that the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) is worth celebrating because that was the day the Nigerian Civil War came to an end on the 6th of July.
Awala stated this yesterday at the Cantonment, saying that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, said it was a great opportunity to celebrate. He said the last year’s celebration took place in Kaduna, adding that this year’s celebration is going to take place in Abuja on Saturday, July 6.
The GOC thanked the President and the COAS for the opportunity given to Army personnel to serve their fatherland especially in meeting the transformation agenda of Mr. President “that we have inbuilt ours from it in meeting the contemporary security challenges in the country. And you will agree with me that the Nigerian Army is doing very well especially in this our North East Zone considering the threats and challenges we are facing.”
On the achievements of the army since 150 years ago that It was established, Awala said that the achievements by the army are very enormous and very obvious. “For example, in the area of national security, but if not for the Nigerian Army the civil war would not have ended. Today the security challenges are obvious especially in the North East. The Boko Haram threat is real.
“And we have been given the mandate by the commander in-Chief to be all out to ensure that the threat no longer exists and that is what we are succeeding. And the COAS himself is very happy for what we are doing in this axis.”
Awala said he is satisfied with the troops deployed to the states where a state of emergency was declared more importantly as those states, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states fall within the area of his operational responsibility (AOR). “What are you talking about? We are very satisfied with the troops’ performance. Every of our troops is doing very well there. That is why I am saying that we thank C-in-C and the COAS for providing the resources that are needed to meet the challenges that we are facing. We are very happy with our troops for the fantastic job they are doing out there.”
In his sermons yesterday at the St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Rukuba Barracks, the officiating Pastor, Major (Very Reverend) Umaru Nathaniel Audu, prayed for the President, the COAS and all those in authority to have the strength and courage to do the right things and overcome the peril that besets them.
On the security challenges facing the country particularly in the North East, Audu prayed to God to touch the heart of the insurgents to sheathe their swords and embrace peace.
Major (Rev. Father) Anthony Maimagani supported Audu in the prayers. Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (rtd) was also there to grace the occasion.