One officer and 47 wounded soldiers of the Nigeria army were today treated to an Easter feast organised in Maiduguri, Borno state, by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru.
The COAS who was represented by the Theater Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Faruq Yahaya, said the Easter feast was organised in appreciation of the sacrifices the soldiers have been making in war against insirgency.
The COAS, in his goodwill message, said it was “an honour for me and with gratitude to almighty God that I send this goodwill message to officers, soldiers and their families on the occasion of 2021 Eater celebration.
“May I use this opportunity to acknowledge and thank all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian army for your tireless contribution and tackling of the numerous security challenges in our country.
“I salute your dedication, resilience and your will to succeed is commendable and I am indeed proud to be your Chief of Army Staff.
“Your sacrifices and collective sacrifices in various internal and external aggression, especially the recent feat achieved by operation Lafiya Dole, are well appreciated by well-meaning Nigerians.”
He said the contemporary security challenges prompted the imperatives reviewing the vision of the Nigerian army.
“My vision is to have a Nigerian army that is repositioned to professionally defeat all adversary
He thereby charges the troops to remain “focussed, disciplined and loyal to constituted authorities while ensuring that we effectively defeat all adversaries in any part of the country.”
He said the troops should seize the Easter opportunity to remember the fallen heroes and pray for the repose of their souls.
Our hearts and continued support will be with their bereavedⁿⁿ0ⁿ00q families.
He said the welfare of officers, soldiers and their families of our departed colleagues will continue to remain my topmost priority.
“Berest assured that issues pertaining your training and welfare will continue to receive adequate attention.
He called the soldiers’ to the scourge of COVID-19. He said army headquarters is working tirelessly to obtain the vaccines for the inoculation of the soldiers of the Nigerian army.
Staff Sergeant Odeku Kingsford, one of the wounded soldiers thanked the Army chief for the honour. He said once the doctors certify them feat for battle, they are ready to return to the trenches.