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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj. Gen. Faruq Yahaya, has lauded the achievement of his immediate predecessors, Late Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd).
According to him, his predecessors’ tremendous achievements are in the area of defeating adversaries, infrastructure and manpower development, professionalism, and civil military cooperation.
General Yahaya stated this in Abuja at a press briefing on the occasion of the ‘2021 Nigerian Army Day Celebration’ (NADCEL).
The COAS in the press briefing noted his plan “to have a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned mission within a joint environment in defence of Nigeria,” and to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors.
He disclosed that this year’s NADCEL will be celebrated in low key given the circumstances which preceded his coming on board as the twenty-second COAS.
“The weeklong annual event lined up to commemorate NADCEL 2021 will be used to reflect on the performance of the NA and celebrate our achievements as well as project the Nigerian Army as an important symbol of national power, unity, integration and development.
“The NADCEL 2021 will also enable the Nigerian Army reach out to the public through its Medical Outreach Programme on Monday 5 July 2021, during which inhabitants of some selected communities around the country will benefit from a free medical services.
“Equally there will be Humanitarian Outreach programme to be conducted by members of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA) in selected areas of FCT and environs on 5 July 2021,” he said.
The red chamber took the decision following the consideration of the report of its joint committee on Defence and Army led by senators Aliyu Wamakko and Ali Ndume.