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We’ve lived up to expectations fighting Boko Haram, bandits: Nigerian Army

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The Nigerian Army says it has so far lived up to Nigerians’ expectations in its fight against bandits, Boko Haram, and ISWAP terrorists.

The Nigerian Army says it has so far lived up to Nigerians’ expectations in its fight against bandits, Boko Haram, and ISWAP terrorists.

Specifically, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, assured Nigerians that the army would remain focused on tackling the myriad of security challenges bedevilling the country.

Mr Yahaya gave the assurance in his goodwill message to officers, soldiers, and their families on the Eid-el-Kabir celebration on Monday in Abuja.

“Eid festival,” he explained, “provides a unique opportunity for us to reflect and redouble our efforts towards fulfilling our constitutional roles of defeating our adversaries and defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.”

The army chief further stated, “No doubt, the nation is faced with myriads of security challenges, the Nigerian Army has so far lived up to expectations and will continue to remain focused in tackling these challenges.

“I, therefore, wish to specifically recognise and appreciate the immense sacrifices of our troops in Operations Hadin Kai, Hadarin Daji, Thunder Strike, Whirl Stroke, and all other operations the army is engaged in within and outside the country.

“Let me use this opportunity to once again pay special tributes to our colleagues who have paid the supreme price in defence of our fatherland. May their gentle souls rest in peace, a web.”

The COAS noted that he would keep to his promise to promote merit, applaud gallantry, competence, diligence, dedicated service, celebrate excellence, and honour “our heroes”.

Mr Yahaya also said he would reward excellence and achievements. He warned that he would not hesitate to punish indiscipline, indolence, negligence, and untoward acts.

He said that it was in that spirit that he conferred the COAS Commendation Award to some deserving officers and soldiers on July 6 during the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2021.

According to him, his resolve to focus on the army’s core values includes loyalty, courage, integrity, and selfless service in line with his vision.

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