The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, said Nigerian Army has repositioned in order to tackle insecurity with vigour to defeat all adversaries confronting the country.
Attahir stated this at the commissioning of three blocks of classrooms built by the Nigerian Army Civil Military Relations as part of its corporate social responsibility at the Ungwan Borno Primary School, Bauchi on Thursday.
Represented by Major General Mohammmed Magaji, the commandant Armoured Corp said that the Nigerian Army under his leadership is determined to achieve the feat in collaboration with the citizens.
He added that it is fully aware of the high level of cooperation and goodwill they enjoy from the civil populace across the nation and Bauchi in particular.
“The Nigerian Army has, over the years, taken deliberate steps to ensure that it gives back to the society in the areas of social responsibility.
“This is very much in my vision which is to have a Nigerian Army that is repositioned to professionally defeat all adversaries in a joint environment.
“I have also ensured that we pay very close attention to the non-kinetic aspect of our military operations. The need to make sure that we have a good and cordial relationship with the civil populace and host Community where we conduct our military operations cannot be overemphasized,” he said.
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According to him, this close cordial relationship necessitated this school project which is very much in line with the civil military cooperation drive of the Nigerian Army to bridge the gap between the civil populace and Nigerian Army thereby, enhancing the positive image of the Nigerian Army.
He said, “The Nigerian Army has enjoyed and will continue to enjoy the support and cooperation of the good people of Bauchi and neighbouring communities towards confronting the challenges of the security in the country.”
According to him, the school project is one of the many civil military operations related activities and quick impact projects taking place in various parts of the country as part of Nigerian Army corporate social responsibility.
Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, appreciated the Nigerian Army for its sacrifices towards the maintenance of peace and security in the country.
Mohammed, represented by the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde, assured that his administration will continue to collaborate with the Nigerian Army to ensure that the state is secured for everyone.
“I would like to express our profound gratitude to the Nigerian Army not only for this intervention in this school but for the sacrifices it continues to make on our behalf.
“The sleepless nights, days that they pass without rest, just to ensure that we are safe. This is not a small sacrifice and no amount of payment will capture the magnitude of reward that they should get.
“Apart from combat, they even have the heart to extend a gesture to build classrooms and what they call non-kinetic activities. This clearly shows that it is a military of the people and for the people,” he stated.
An old boy of the school Major General Sagir Yero who influenced the projects to his Alma Mata appreciated the army for according him the gesture by providing those facilities in the school.
He however urged the school authorities to protect and maintain the facilities for the upcoming children to excel in their quests for information technology and sciences.