Gboribiogha Jonah, the Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, has said the Nigerian military has contributed towards the country’s unity more than any other institution.
Jonah, a retired Rear Admiral of the Nigerian Navy, said the gallantry and bravery of troops fighting for peace had sustained the country.
He was speaking at the Nigerian Army Barracks, Elele, Rivers State, during activities to mark the 2018 West African Social Activities (WASA) programme of the 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, with the theme, “Celebrating our frontline troops”.
According to him, the loyalty of members of the armed forces to fatherland had been total and undeniable.
The deputy governor, therefore, called for the provision of adequate equipment for the military personnel to enable them effectively carry out their statutory responsibility of protecting the territorial integrity of the country.
Jonah commended the 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, for working for the peace in the state, stressing that the state government would continue to partner with the army to sustain the existing peace in the state.
In his remarks, Major-General Jamil Sarham, General Officer Commanding, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, congratulated the 16 Brigade for staging a colourful ceremony of the WASA this year.
Sarham, who was represented by Brigadier-General Najaja, also cautioned officers and soldiers that would be involved in the 2019 general elections to be very professional in the discharge of election duties.
Also speaking, Brigadier-General Kevin Aligbe, Commander, 16 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Yenagoa, stated that the theme for this year’s WASA event was carefully chosen to highlight the sacrifices being made by troops in keeping the peace in several troubled spots in the country.
Aligbe noted that military personnel fighting at various battle fronts were doing well because of the realisation that the home front was being adequately catered for in the barracks.
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