The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya called on Nigerian Army personnel to remain apolitical as 2023 general elections approach.
Yahaya made the call while addressing Nigerian Army at a Christmas luncheon for 2022 and and celebration of New Year 2023 with troops on Monday in Damaturu.
Yahaya was represented by Maj. Gen. K.A Isoni, the Commander Sector 2 Joint Task Force (JTF), Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) North-East at the occasion.
He said “You are to remain professional at all times and strictly abide by the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement throughout the electioneering period.
“Furthermore, I implore you to maintain the spirit of patriotism and continue to give your best in the discharge of assigned duties and responsibilities. We must not rest on our oaths as it is pleasing to note that we are recording giant strides in defeating all detractors towards bringing lasting peace to our Fatherland.
“Our collective sacrifices in the various theatres of operations are well appreciated by well-meaning Nigerians both home and broad as well as allies of Nigeria worldwide.”, he said.
The COAS saluted Nigerian Army and their families on the occasion of Christmas for year 2022 and New Year 2023 Celebrations.
“I wish to express my sincere gratitude to God for his mercies, guidance and protection over us while discharging our constitutional roles to our dear country, Nigeria.
“Let me start by using this opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate all officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for their forthrightness and indefatigable commitment towards defeating insecurity in our beloved country.”
While Yahaya paid a special tribute to all personnel who had paid the supreme price in the defence of the Fatherland, he also prayed for the repose of the souls of all the departed gallant colleagues.
“Our hearts and thoughts are always with their families. I pray that Almighty God will continue to grant them eternal rest, Amen.
“Be rest assured that the Nigerian Army under my leadership remains committed to providing quality welfare for their families and preserving the memories of their uncommon sacrifices.”, he added.
He expressed appreciation and unalloyed loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari for his continuous support to the Nigerian Army.
“The least we can give back is to remain committed, determined and focused towards defeating all adversaries in every nook and cranny of our great country in line with the directives of Mr President.”, the COAS emphasised.