Lagos - The Army is basking in the glory of breakthroughs achieved in the past year ahead of commemorations of its 152 years of existence.
It will mark the milestone on Monday next week.
“The Nigerian Army has gone through a lot within the last one year: the fight against insurgency; vilification by some sections of the public, media and most unfortunately, Amnesty International.
"It was able to weather the storm and remains ever strong, a bastion of national security and rallying point of national unity,” Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director Army Public Relations, stated.
He said since the last celebration in 2014, the army had accomplished so much in the areas of training, procurement and administration that helped in turning the tide against the terrorists.
It now has a new aviation wing and established a command and control centre at the epicentre of the war against terror.
“Some time ago, some personnel of the Nigerian Army exhibited cowardly behaviour and took to their heels at the sight of approaching terrorists.
Today however, the story has changed as soldiers are now pursuing insurgents relentlessly. The show of solidarity, support and understanding of Nigerians at the most trying moments of the Nigerian Army is worth celebrating,” Usman said.
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He said some detractors had tried, albeit unsuccessfully to tarnish the name and reputation of the Nigerian Army but the encouraging resolve of majority of Nigerians to stand solidly behind their army was heartwarming.
Usman pointed out that soldiers had recaptured and dominated all the territories hitherto held by Boko Haram terrorists including Baga, Gwoza, Marte, Bama, Monguno, Dikwa, Michika and Mubi among others.
Usman said it was important to again assure Nigerians that officers and men of Army were conscious of their constitutional duties and the high expectations of Nigerians.
Therefore, more than ever before, the Nigerian Army is determined to destroy Boko Haram terrorists’ camps, enclaves and wherever their operational bases might be located, he said.
“However, we appeal for the continued support, prayers and understanding of the public. Nigerians should see the fight against terrorism and insurgency as a collective responsibility. We owe it a duty to support and encourage the army to enable it succeed.”
The history of the Nigerian Army could be traced to as far back as 1863 when Lieutenant Glover assembled mostly northern able-bodied men to protect the Royal Niger Company, which was referred to as the “Glover Hausas”.
Since then, the Army has undergone transformation in nomenclature, size and weaponry.
- CAJ News