The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Nigerian Army provided free medical services as part of its Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC)-related activities.
Speaking at the event, Army Chief of Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya said the medical outreach was carefully planned to address the identified common health challenges of indigenous people in the communities.
This, he said, would enhance the existing cordial relationship and increase the support the Nigerian military had enjoyed from the people.
The COAS, who was represented, Headquarters Command Army Records (CAR), Maj.-Gen. On Sunday Igbinomwanhia said the free medical outreach was in continuation of the recently launched Army Enduring Peace II exercise.
COAS said it was in line with its vision of a professional Nigerian military, ready to fulfill assigned missions within a joint environment in defense of Nigeria.
Yahaya explained that in pursuit of his vision, he had ensured that formations and units in the Nigerian Army paid proper attention to the non-kinetic aspect of military operations.
He said that conscious efforts had been made to reach out to pregnant and lactating women for the distribution of treated nets during the outreach.
According to the COAS, in addition to the free medicines that will be dispensed, free medicated glasses will also be distributed to people with vision problems.
He stressed that the Nigerian Army had enjoyed and would continue to enjoy the support and cooperation of the good citizens of Kogi in overcoming the challenges of insecurity in the state and the nation at large.
COAS called on people to see the medical outreach as evidence of cooperation between the Nigerian military and Kogi residents.
“May it foster the desired peace, progress and prosperity in these communities and in all Kogi,” he said.
COAS assured the people that the Nigerian Army, along with other sister security agencies, was working hard to rid the country of criminal activity and all forms of insecurity.
He thanked Governor Yahaya Bello for his support in making the Kogi state government apparatus available for military operations.
He also praised the heads of all the sister security agencies for the perfect synergy in their efforts to rid the state of criminal elements.
Yahaya urged the people to continue living in peace and harmony and to be tolerant with each other.
The Commander, Headquarters Command Army Records (CAR), Maj.-Gen. Sunday Igbinomwanhia, presenting mosquito net to a beneficiary on behalf of COAS, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, in KogiIn his remarks, Bello praised COAS for medical outreach and ensuring adequate security in the state.
Bello, who was represented by Security Advisor Cmdr. Jerry Omodara (rtd.), advised people to be well informed and take advantage of the opportunity to provide credible information to security agencies to rid the state of criminal elements.
The Chairman of the Okehi Local Government Area, Mr. Abdulraheem Ohiare, praised the COAS for the gesture and for restoring peace to the area.
According to Ohiare, the area had been a hideout for criminals, noting that the Eika Police Station was set on fire twice and many people were killed.
“We are grateful to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for restoring peace to our communities,” he said.
Some of the outreach beneficiaries, Ms. Sabiat Abdulkadiri, Ms. Hajara Salihu and Hajia Habibat Sadiq, praised COAS for the free medical treatment and medicines.
Edited /Kingsley Kubeyinje
Source Credit: NAN