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Peace in Kaduna is peace in the Army

02 July 2012, 10:11

Kaduna - The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubiuke Ihejirika, said on Sunday that when Kaduna State is not in peace the Army will not be at peace as Kaduna is the home of the Nigerian Army.

Ihejirika, who made the remarks when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Patrick Yakowa, promised that the Army would not relent in its efforts to restore normalcy to the state.

The visit was part of activities to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration tagged: NADCEL 2012.

The event began on June 29, with special Juma'at prayers.

He urged members of the state executive to collaborate with security agencies to restore normalcy to the state after reprisals that followed bomb attacks on three churches in Kaduna and Zaria.

Responding, Yakowa commended the Army for the prompt intervention during the June 17 attacks and in ensuring peace in the state.

Yakowasaid the state government would support the security agencies to bring back peace in the state.

Ihejirikahad earlier attended an Inter-denominational church service at St. Peter's Military Church at Ribadu Cantonment in Kaduna.

At the service, the Army chief took the first reading from the book of Judges chapter 7:1-9, where the Lord delivered the camp of Midian to Gideon when He said to him in the night: ``Get up, go down against the camp because I am going to give it into your hands.’’

He said as in the case of Gideon, the Nigerian Army would collaborate with all stakeholders to overcome the security challenges facing some parts of the country.

The directing chaplain, Rev. Fr. Charles Iraegbu, urged Christians to pray for peace and unity of the country as with God no challenge is insurmountable.

The Chief of Policy and Plans, Maj.-Gen. Olakunle Akinyemi; Chief of Army Administration, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Bassey; Maj.-Gen. Ugo Buzugbe, Military Secretary of Army and General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Jos, Maj.-Gen. Jade Nwaogbo, attended the service.

President Goodluck Jonathan is to declare the week-long NADCEL 2012 open on Monday at Jaji, near Kaduna, the day the Nigerian Army is marking its 149 years of existence.



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