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Uncategorized - June 16, 2024

COAS extends goodwill message to Nigerian Army family on Eid-el-Kabir, commends troops’ gallantry sacrifice 


Stanley Ihedigbo

In a Goodwill message to the Nigerian Army family, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja has extended hearty felicitations and commendation to troops of the Nigerian Army and members of their families on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir, commending their commitment and gallantry in confronting emerging security challenges and threats in the country.

In his message to the Muslim Ummah within the Nigerian Army (NA), the COAS described the Eid-el-Kabir as a significant festival depicting the important place of sacrifice in humanity and divinity. He pointed out that this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration is also remarkable, as it coincides with the completion of his first year in office as the 23rd Chief of Army Staff.

Reflecting on the past year, the Army Chief expressed gratitude for the gift of life and the relative peace restored in many hitherto troubled parts of the country. He acknowledged the enormous sacrifice made by the NA, both in human and logistics resources, in the ongoing battle against terrorism, insurgency, banditry, secessionist agitations, and sundry crimes.

General Lagbaja noted that Nigerian Army troops have displayed unalloyed loyalty, extraordinary courage, and faith in the nation, thereby emerging victorious in the face of grave danger. He explained that many bear the badge of courage and bravery in the form of battle scars and injuries, while others carry the memories and stories of their sacrifices for our beloved country.

The COAS enjoined all to show collective understanding and support for the government’s efforts to implement necessary reforms to restore economic prosperity. He also urged all Nigerian Army personnel and their families to renew their commitment to selflessness and patriotism for the growth and development of the country. He reaffirmed his dedication to providing visionary and inclusive leadership needed for effective training, robust living standards, and operational effectiveness.

The COAS expressed profound appreciation to President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his unflinching support and leadership. He also extended appreciation to the National Assembly, Minister of Defence, the Minister of State for Defence, and the Chief of Defence Staff for their strategic guidance. He lauded Nigerians and the international community for their continuous support and belief in the Nigerian Army. He avered that the Nigerian Army looks forward to continued collaboration to end security challenges and create an enabling environment for economic prosperity and other democratic dividends.


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