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COAS addresses church service, lauds troops for quelling insurrection

The army chief made the remarks at the 2021 Nigerian Army Day Celebration in Enugu.

• July 4, 2021
Farouk Yahaya
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major-General Farouk Yahaya

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major-General Faruk Yahaya, has lauded troops of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army for quelling insurrection and arson within the South-East.

Mr Yahaya said this in an address at a combined special church service held in commemoration of the 2021 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) at St. Martin’s Military Catholic Church, Abakpa Military Cantonment, Enugu.

The service was to celebrate the 158 anniversary  (1863 – 2021) of the Nigerian Army and its service to the nation and humanity.

Mr Yahaya, who was represented by the General Officer Commanding of 82 Division, Major-General Taoreed Lagbaja, saluted the courage, patriotism, loyalty and commitment of Nigerian Army troops in defense of the nation.

He noted that the Nigerian Army troops had continued to pay sacrifices and at times ultimate sacrifice of lying down their lives for the peace, security and oneness of the country.

Mr Yahaya also condoled with families and friends of fallen heroes, particularly the immediate families they left behind.

”We must do all we can to take care of them and show them a sense of belonging.

“We must learn to spare little bread, money and kind words for the families of our fallen heroes.

“The government is trying but most times it is not enough. We must support them,’’ he said.

The COAS also urged officers and soldiers to ensure they protect themselves against COVID-19, adding that all non-pharmaceutical measures of protection must be strictly observed.

“Please, you do well by wearing your face masks, washing your hands regularly with soap in running water and observing social and physical distance as well,’’ he said.

In a sermon, Colonel Cosmas Nwankpa, Deputy Director Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic), said that the celebration called for stock-taking, sober reflection, introspection and prayers for the Nigerian Army and the nation at large.

Mr Nwankpa, who is a reverend father, also urged troops to remain focused, loyal and do all to ensure peace, security and calm return to all parts of the country.

“I want officers and soldiers to remain professional in the discharge of their duties and operate within the ambit of the rules of engagement to win the trust of the civilian populace,’’ he said.

The service featured special prayers for peace in the nation and protection of her leaders as well as for the success of the Nigerian Army, for retired and discharged colleagues and for the wounded, widows and orphans of the army.

The church service featured a special thanksgiving offering led by the GOC 82 Division, special song renditions, displays and group photograph.

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