Nigerian Army Amphibious Forces Suncraft landing craft exits Cameroon's Bakassi Peninsula, Aug.2008

Nigerian Army Amphibious Forces Suncraft landing craft exits Cameroon’s Bakassi Peninsula, Aug.2008

21 May 2013
By Godlove Bainkong

The 111 men in a majestic march past
held the Head of State and his guests
spellbound. Gentle and majestic! This is the description many onlookers gave a
contingent of Nigerian army, guest at
this year’s National Day, as the 111 men
marched past the Head of State and
other national and international dignitaries at the 20th May Boulevard
yesterday May 20.

They were unique in everything. They
came all the way with their band; they
marched slowly and gently in calculated
steps to the rhythm of their music. The
band trailed the troops as they
majestically took their royal steps but surely in solidarity with their
Cameroonian peers to make true the
theme of the 41st edition of the National Day, “The Army and the Nation, Working Together towards Meeting Security Challenges for an Emerging Cameroon.”

Their style of marching, unique in itself,
brought quietude at the ceremonial
ground as onlookers watched and dished out spontaneous applauses. The Head of State, Paul Biya and First Lady, Chantal Biya, flanked by senior State officials cheered the Nigerian men as they exhibited what many chose to qualify as a queen’s march.

Among the high-level quests at the presidential tribune was General SY Audu who led the Nigerian delegation. Before and after the Nigerians marched
past, no other contingent or group
performed like them.

Cameroonian defence forces, all contingents inclusive, were explosive in their performance, marching with force and exhibiting their strength in securing the country, its people and goods and in so doing surmounting security huddles so as to accelerate the country’s socio-economic development.

But in all calmness, the Nigerian contingent, special in every move, demonstrated that all (calmness and force) can combine to give a nation
peace, stability and sustainable
development. A performance which the
Nigerian High Commissioner to Cameroon, Hadiza Mustapha, described as a sign of good times, peaceful and
cordial relationships with much to come.

“Now, with the peace that we have
gained, we are hoping to also expand on
the economic relationship to help our
people get more jobs and assist our national development,” she said.


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  1. triqqah says:

    Making the Country proud everywhere they go! Keep it up jarheads.

  2. beegeagle says:

    I read this and I said “Oh Lord, teach Nigerians to be less of a self-denigrating lot” Indeed, a prophet is not without honour except in his own home.

    On another level, I smiled when I saw the name General SY Audu. Na PsyOps we go stage dia :)…and it worked.

    Major General Audu is the upstanding Chief of Defence Intelligence and is another senior officer who has been in uniform for over 40 years now, having started out as a boy-soldier at the NMS in the early 1970s.

  3. ifiok umoeka says:

    Is this boot diplomacy or what! I hope that they also know the fact that like a quiet looking doberman, this boys can bite. Keep the flag flying boys. Come to think of it, gen beegs, does the army have a dog section? The US even use their’s for attack and explosive detection in iraq and afghanistan. They could come in handy up north as we search for the BH boys.

  4. Number one says:

    I know am late to the party,but all the same Happy Birthday Mr. Beegeagle.@ the topic,that was boot diplomacy.

  5. Henry says:

    In military march past, the nigerian army has come a long way. The best I have ever seen was done by 70 officers when nigeria celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2010.

    70 officers carrying flags of nigerian army colour party and flags of the seal of the office of the president.

    Damn, it was extremely calm, slow and quite sorrowful, I must add. As the officers marched crowds at the stadiums, including my members of my extended family watching at home were overwhelmed by the awesomeness of the officers marching. We( at home and nigerians at the eagle square) Cheered and hailed, woah!!! Really breathtaking.

  6. Spirit says:

    To my very Beeg one,
    Happy birthday to you.
    The mark you have made on Nigeria’s Defence and Security landscape will forever remain indelible.
    May your children possess the gates of their enemies.

    I wish I can watch this march past on youtube. somebody should pls post the link.

    King Henry, I watched that march past, it was as if the soldier were all wired together.I also believe its our best ever.

  7. Donian007 says:

    I know I have been out for a while but just 1 thing I must do, GUUUARD! QUARTER GUUUARD SHUN! GUUUARD! GENERAL SALUUUTE, PRESENT ARM! HBD GEN BEEG WLLNP.

  8. beegeagle says:

    :)Thank you, Oga Donian007+Number One.

    Carry on smartly, sirs!

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