Easter: COAS Thanks Soldiers, Urges Them To Remain Focused, Disciplined
COAS, Lt. Col Tukur Buratai
The Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Col. Tukur Buratai has called on soldiers of the Nigerian army to continue to remain focused, disciplined and loyal to constituted authority while carrying out their roles professionally.
Buratai stated this in his Easter Goodwill message to members of the NA and their families.
According to the statement he said, “It is with utmost gratitude to the Almighty God that I send this goodwill message to officers, soldiers and their families on the occasion of this year’s Easter Celebrations. I want to use this medium to thank all my officers and soldiers for their tireless contributions in tackling the numerous security challenges that have bedevilled our country”.
“You have all done very well and I am proud to be your Chief of Army Staff. I want to urge you to continue to remain focused, disciplined and loyal to constituted authority while carrying out their roles professionally”.
Buratai noted that Nigerian Army has recorded great successes in various campaigns both home and abroad especially in the ongoing fight against insurgents in the northeast and other internal security operations.
He commended the exemplary display of professionalism by troops during OP SAFE CONDUCT in February and March 2019. “It demonstrated the professional capacity of the NA to provide enabling environment for socio-political activities to thrive”.
“The outpour of commendations to the NA after the elections is a testimony of your determination to uphold the tenets of professionalism as well as my vision for the Nigerian Army. I urge you to sustain the enthusiasm and zeal in rendering selfless service to our dear nation”.
He commended the troops participating in the on-going counter insurgency operations in the North East and other operations across the country, urging them not to rest on their oars, but to continue to maintain the tempo in their various places of primary assignments as they ensure to continue to give their best in the discharge of their duties.
“Let me state here that, we shall continue to remember and pray for the repose of the souls of our departed gallant colleagues who have paid the supreme price in the course of their duty to our fatherland. Our hearts are with their families always”.
“May the Almighty God grant them eternal rest, Amen. We shall continue to do our best to ensure the comfort of our officers, soldiers and their families including the families of our departed colleagues. May I also reassure you that issues bordering on training and welfare will continue to receive adequate attention”.
“I want to use this medium to express our appreciation to the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, members of the Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly for their continuous support to the Nigerian Army”.
He reiterated the NA’s commitment, determination and focus in ensuring the total defeat of the insurgents in the northeast as well as other forms of aggression in other parts of the country, while ensuring the defence of the territorial integrity of the nation.
He reminded all officers, soldiers and members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, that they must continue to carry out their constitutional roles in the most professional and responsive manner with total loyalty and subordination to civil authority.
“Commanders at all levels must continue to show leadership and ensure that personnel are continually reminded of their roles in the current democratic dispensation”.
He however urged them to continue to demonstrate unalloyed loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari and to remain apolitical while ensuring the sustenance of democracy.