The Nigerian Army has restated its resolve to checkmate the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country.Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. – Gen. Farouk Yahaya, stated this at a media parley in Owerri on Monday, as part of activities marking the 2022 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NADCEL, an annual event held on July 6, is aimed at showcasing the commitment of the Nigerian Army as a professional responsive force.Yahaya, who expressed worry over the possession of arms by non state actors and non licensed individuals, said that the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light weapons was working assiduously to checkmate the menace. He warned financiers of the arms and weapons to desist forthwith or be ready to contend with the Army, as the Force would “leave no stone unturned in fishing them out”.He also called for concerted efforts by Nigerians to report suspected unlawful possession of firearms to the appropriate quarters. ” The National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light weapons is working tirelessly to stem this tide and we are achieving positive results. ” As our border troops continue to restrategise and stay many steps ahead of the culprits, we warn all financiers of these light weapons to desist forthwith or have the law to contend with. ” It’s quite a challenge but we’re facing it head-on, ” he said.He listed some of the achievements of the Nigerian Army in the last one year to include the return of Nigerians in the North-East to their homes, mass surrender of terrorists and reopening of all schools in the geo-political zone, including the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok.Other achievements include foiling of kidnap plots and other forms of criminal arrangements as well as improvement of the welfare and well-being of troops.He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for providing sufficient logistics and other forms of support that had enabled the Force to record tremendous successes in its operations.He, however, assured Nigerians that his troops would always stick to the professional rules of engagement and respect for human rights, in line with the core values of the Nigerian Army.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Farouk Yahaya, has described sports as very critical to the physical and mental alertness of military officers. Yahaya made the remark during the ceremonial tee-off of a golf tournament at the Arsenal Golf Course on Saturday in Owerri.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tournament was part of activities marking the year 2022 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).Yahaya, who was represented by Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezeugwu, the Corps Commander, Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army, also launched hole 4 at the Golf Course.He said that the game would go a long way in helping the physical training of officers as well keep them mentally alert to the happenings in their environment.“The physical and mental alertness of a military officer form part of his welfare, which is key to success in the discharge of his constitutional duties.“We will continue to support the game and to promote national unity as part of our core mandate through sports,” he said.Speaking, Captain of the Arsenal Golf and Country Club, Commodore Ogechi Osuagwu (rtd), of the Nigerian Navy, thanked the COAS for identifying with the club during the auspicious occasion of the commemoration of the Nigerian Army Day.Osuagwu described the club as the best of its kind in the South-East geo-political zone.According to him, the hole 4, launched by the COAS, would, among other things, add feathers to golf in Imo, thus providing a platform for the improvement of civil-military relations in the state.He appealed to the COAS to support the club with a 300KVA Transformer for generation of electric power and an annual subvention to keep the club going.The golf captain requested that the hole 4 be annually maintained with a subscription of N200,000.He further thanked Gov. Hope Uzodimma for his efforts at ensuring the security of Imo residents and providing the enabling environment for social activities to thrive in the state.He also advised youths to eschew criminality, and work towards ensuring lasting peace and security in their various communities.“The Arsenal Golf Course has played an enormous role in strengthening civil-military relations in the state and we thank the COAS for accepting the hole 4 which we offered to him, and for launching it,” he said.Highlight of the event was the presentation of an award to the COAS in appreciation of his support for the club as well as awards, cash and gift prizes such as flat screen televisions and refrigerators to winners of different categories.NAN also reports that the event was attended by serving and former military officers, prominent among whom was the General Officer Commanding 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja.VINNewsSourceCredit: NAN
The Commander, Army Headquarters (AHQ) Garrison, Maj.-Gen. Kabir Garba alongside officers and soldiers on Saturday, embarked on tree planting exercise within barracks in commemoration of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022.
The exercise was conducted within Mogadishu Cantonment and barracks within the AHQ Garrison’s Area of Responsibility (AOR) such as Yar’aduwa Barracks and CBA extension.
During the exercise, the commandant said the aim of the exercise was to create awareness by supporting units under his command and the barracks community to take a stand against deforestation and actively participate in greening of environment.
Garba added that the tree planting exercise was also in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s position on tree planting, adding that the COAS had always demonstrated it by planting a tree in all the building projects he had inaugurated in recent times.
“It is also worthy to note that the exercise is in line with tree planting campaign of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari.
“Buhari has pledged to plant 25 million trees in Nigeria to enhance the countries carbon sink as part of the countries efforts to implement the Paris Climate change agreement,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NADCEL is celebrated from July 1 to July 6 every year across army formations and units.
The 2022 edition, which will take place in Owerri, Imo State, had commenced with news conference on Wednesday, follow by the Juma’at prayer on Friday while the interdenominational Church services will be held on Sunday in all formations.
Other activities lined up include humanitarian outreaches while grand finale would take place on July 6 in Owerri.
The 3 Division of the Nigerian Army, Rukuba, near Jos, has organised a special Juma’at prayers to mark the 2022 Army Day celebration.Shortly after the prayers on Friday at Rukuba, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the division, said the event was to pray for God’s intervention on the current security challenges facing the nation.”On July 6 to be precise, the Nigerian army will be 159 years of its existence and so the Army Day celebration is a day set aside to commemorate its existence.”Usually, we have a week-long activities lined up to mark the day.”Today being Friday, is dedicated for special Juma’at prayer and we prayed for peace and progress of this nation and for the Nigerian army to overcome the myriad of security threats facing this nation,” he said.Ali explained that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, was currently in Owerri for the celebration.Earlier in a sermon, Col. Abubakar Tahir, the Chief Imam of the division, called on Muslims to be peaceful and support the authorities towards a progressive and united Nigeria.According to him, there is nothing as attractive as peaceful coexistence, and urged Muslims and indeed Nigerians to desist from discriminating against others.He insisted that Islam abhorred tribalism, racism and other tendencies that could lead to retrogression in the society.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 celebration has the theme: ”Repositioning the Nigerian Army in the Joint Operations Environment: A Panacea for Success in Addressing Contemporary Security Challenges”.
The Chief Imam of the Nigerian Army’s 34 Artillery Brigade Central Mosque, Obinze, Owerri, Col. Sani Bello, has described religious tolerance as an indispensable ingredient for national unity.Bello said this in a speech at a special Juma’at prayer to commemorate this year’s Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) on Friday.He spoke on the theme, “Promoting national unity through religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence.” He described religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence as “essential factors for promoting national unity and development”.Quoting the Holy Quran (Q 5:2), he called on the Muslim faithful in the country not to allow hatred of others to blindfold them into injustice and intolerance.Bello described national unity as the bedrock of sustainable national development. “Islam promotes peaceful co-existence with adherents of other faiths.“It is therefore pertinent for Muslim adherents to tolerate the rights of others to practice their faith, devoid of aggression. “This is the crux of Allah’s message to us,” he said.Bello thanked the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, “for honouring Imo with the responsibility of hosting the 2022 NADCEL”. He also called on all the Muslim faithful to pray for the country’s leaders and gallant soldiers to overcome the nation’s security travails.In a remark, Yahaya hailed the gallant men and officers of the Army for sustaining the tenets of national unity and peace. He also commended them “for pursuing national cohesion, since the 159 years of the Nigerian Army.The COAS, represented by Maj.-Gen. J. H. Abdulsalami, a senior official of the Nigerian Army, called on the Muslim faithful to seize the opportunity to pray for the safety and success of the troops. He reassured the officers of his commitment to their welfare.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Muslim faithful in Owerri and environs converged on the Mosque for the prayers.NewsSourceCredit: NAN