29 June, 2013
By Stella Odueme-Omona
The Nigerian Army (NA) commenced the 2013 Nigerian Army Day Celebration(NADCEL) on June 28, in Abuja, with the
assurance that it has provided an enabling environment for democracy to flourish in the country.
Addressing journalists on Friday, Chief of
Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Onyeabo Ihejirika, said the week-long event with
the theme: “Enhancing the NA Capacity
Building Efforts Towards Improved
National Security,” would afford the NA the opportunity to relate with the larger
society by collaborating with it on the
maintenance of law and order as well as
security of lives and property.
The COAS, who spoke through Major-General Bolaji Koleosho, also noted that
the celebration keys into Nigeria’s Centenary celebration hence it is holding in Abuja instead of Bauchi State. “It is an occasion meant to showcase NA roles, capabilities and its modest achievements in the last one year,” he stated.
He said the highpoints of the ceremony
would be physical training agility display/paratrooper jumps, war dog display and
presentation of COAS commendation
awards to deserving officers and soldiers,to be witnessed by President Goodluck Jonathan and other dignitaries.
He outlined some activities for the celebration to include a Juma’at prayers
at Mogadishu Cantonment on Friday,
sanitation exercise by all formations
today(Saturday) and an interdenominational church service at the All Saints Anglican Protestant Church, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja,on Sunday.
Others are a courtesy call by COAS to the
Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister,
Senator Bala Mohammed, the commissioning of the Nigerian Army
Officers Wives Association (NAOWA)
Nursery and Primary School at Kurudu, Abuja, a free medical outreach at
Government Girls Secondary School,Abuja, and a combat march/NA equipment display on July 6 at Eagle Square, among others.
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