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.
Ag Director of Chaplain Services (Roman Catholic) of the Nigerian Army, Very Rev. Fr Anthony Maimagani has restated the importance of Nigeria’s unity over individual religious and ethnic inclinations.Maimagani, a Colonel of the Nigerian Army, said this at an inter-denominational church service held at the St Mark’s Military Church, 34 Artillery Brigade, Obinze Barracks, Owerri, on Sunday.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the church service was part of activities marking the Nigerian Army Day Celebrations for year 2022.In his homily, Maimagani, who took a reading of Romans chapter 13 verse one, advised officers to obey constituted authority, adding that it was a core aspect of military training and discipline.The military cleric also urged Christians to contribute to national unity by all possible means through the pursuit of religious and ethnic tolerance, as well as mutual co-operation, as a matter of ecclesiastical responsibility. ” Our training and discipline suggest that we must be tolerant, embrace peaceful co-existence and not turn a blind eye to issues that can affect the unity of our God-given nation, no matter how subtle they may appear. ” Elected officials and public office holders at all levels must also place national interests ahead of personal aggrandisement so as to preserve our nationhood and give each Nigerian a pride of place,” he said.Speaking on the theme: ‘ Promoting National Unity Through Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Co-existence’, Chief of Army Staff, Lt..-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, urged officers to enhance their vigilance and avoid collaborating with enemies of the state to sabotage efforts of the army. Yahaya, represented by the Corps Commander, Infantry Corps of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, took lessons from the reading of Psalm chapter 127 verse one and attributed the professional successes of the Nigerian Army to divine backing, among other things. He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Irabor and other Service Chiefs for their support to the Nigerian army, adding that it was positively impacting the performance of troops. ” As we celebrate the 159th anniversary of the Nigerian army, we must know that our ability to professionally surmount our numerous challenges is evidence of divine backing; God has been our compass bearer in all these years. ” I wish to most humbly thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his tremendous support which has raised the morale of our troops, as well as our legislative and judiciary arms for their support and encouragement to the Nigerian army,” he said.NAN also reports that highlight of the event was a special musical rendition by the Nigerian Army Christian Women Fellowship, and a one minute silence observed in honour of fallen soldiers.
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.
Two late goals by Moses Omoduemuke ensured visiting Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan drew 2-2 with Rangers International of Enugu on Saturday in Awka.
The home draw meant the hosts failed to gain valuable ground on their 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rivals in the race for the competition’s third position.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Omoduemuke’s 73rd and 88th minutes goals cancelled out strikes by Shedrack Asiegbu and Chidiebere in the 46th and 55th minutes respectively.
The result meant Rangers stayed fourth on the log behind Remo Stars Football Club of Ikenne in third place, with each of them on 53 points.
This may mean that the 1977 African Cup Winners Cup champions may not be having a return next season to the competition now known as the CAF Confederation Cup.
Remo Stars are likely to build a gap when they host fifth-placed Enyimba International of Aba on Sunday, while Enyimba can even leapfrog Rangers if they win in Ikenne.
Sixth-placed Kwara United who host Nasarawa United of Lafia on Sunday in Ilorin can do same if they win.
Eighth-placed Akwa United of Uyo can move up if they beat hosts Wikki Tourists on Sunday too.
Seventh-placed Sunshine Stars of Akure seem to be out of the reckoning for now, after a 0-1 loss to hosts Heartland Football Club of Owerri who are in the 18th place.
Abia Warriors of Umuahia did their campaign a lot of good with a 3-2 win over Gombe United, while Dakkada FC beat visiting Katsina FC 2-0 in Uyo.
Other Match Day 36 fixtures slated for Sunday will see title winners Rivers United of Port Harcourt hosting Kano Pillars, while MFM FC of Lagos will host Niger Tornadoes of Minna.
Second-placed Plateau United of Jos should have their hands full as they host relegation-threatened Lobi Stars of Makurdi.
But knowing a win will cement their position and the 20222023 CAF Champions League ticket, there may be no surprises.