Journalists covering the Nigeria military, aka Defence Correspondents had on Tuesday stood up for one of their colleagues, Ihotu Odoh, of African Independent Television (AIT) as they gave her a surprised birthday cake and a light party in Maiduguri the Borno state capital.
Ms Odoh who was together with her colleagues on a special assignment in the frontline state clocked her latest age on Tuesday September 21, and the department of army public relations decided to put more smiles on her face.
Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Nwachukwu, and his deputy Colonel Ado Isa of the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, agreed with the defence journalists to organised a birthday bash to celebrate the charming Ms Ihotu.
At the Command Guest House poolside bar, the AIT Correspondent was made to blindly walk into the venue of the bash before they resoundingly welcomed her with a ‘happy-birthday-to-you rhyme’ before a modest cake was presented to her by the journalists and the officials of ADPR.
Cutting the nicely baked cake at the count of letters that spelt ‘love’, Ms Ihotu who was emotionally touched said “I’d never expected this; you guys have made my day and I thank you all so much.”
Champaign were popped, beautiful toast, filled with good wishes were aptly delivered – which include good husband and happy future, the journalists, joined by other top officers of the Nigeria army, settled for assortment of pepper soup and more drinks.
The DAPR, General Nwachukwu congratulated the celebrants even as he wished her long life, good health and happiness. The army spokesman reminded the press persons on the need to at all times support the military in the fight against all kinds of criminality.
Also speaking was the Deputy APR, Colonel Isa who also implored journalists on patriotic journalisms as they discharge their duties as media persons. He congratulated Ms Odoh for adding more years to her age as he wished her every good thing of life.