The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Faruk Yahaya, has assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Army is committed to securing the nation and would therefore remain focused in tackling the issue of insecurity in the country.
He made this known in his goodwill message to officers, soldiers and their families on the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir celebration 2021 on Monday in Abuja.
According to him, Eid-el-Kabir festival highlighted the virtues of loyalty, obedience and sacrifice which were the hallmark of professional soldiering.
He said, “Eid Festival therefore provides a unique opportunity for us to reflect and redouble our efforts towards fulfilling our constitutional roles of defeating our adversaries and defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
“No doubt, the Nation is faced with myriads of security challenges, the Nigerian Army has so far lived up to expectations and will continue to remain focused in tackling these challenges.
“I therefore wish to specifically recognise and appreciate the immense sacrifices of our troops in Operations Hadin Kai, Hadarin Daji, Thunder Strike, Whirl Stroke and all other operations the Army is engaged within and outside the country.
“Let me use this opportunity to once again pay special tributes to our colleagues who have paid the supreme price in the defense of our Fatherland. May their gentle souls rest in peace, a web.”
The COAS said that he would keep to his word in terms of promoting merit, applauding gallantry, competence, diligence, dedicated service, and celebrate excellence and honor of ‘our heroes’.
He added that he would reward excellence and achievements, and not hesitate to punish indiscipline, indolence, negligence and all untoward behaviors.