Nigerians seek cultural bond with army for enhanced security

Eme Offiong, Calabar

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Display of cultural activities during the Nigerian Army Social Activities, NASA

Nigerians have commended the army for efforts taken to strengthen its relationship with the civil populace.

Colonel Peter Ogar, a former military administrator of Kwara State in North central Nigeria, was one of those who made the call while speaking on the theme of the 2018 Nigerian Army Social Activities, NASA, “Celebrating our Front-line Troops.”

The Commander, 13 Brigade Nigerian Army in Calabar said that the cultural event was held to mark the end f 2018 and commit activities of 2019 to God.

Brigadier General Olatoye said: “Nigerian Army Social Activities, which was formerly known as the West African Social Activities, is organized in line with the tradition, customs and ethics of the Nigerian Army.”

“The 13 Brigade and its affiliated combat support units, combat service support units and administrative elements are using this occasion to thank God for 2018 and commit the operations of 2019 to God,” said Olatoye.

He expressed that 2019 would be better than the previous year and acknowledged the contributions and sacrifices of the fallen during Operation Lafia dole and other fields.

Colonel Ogar, a retired officer, noted that NASA was “needed to maintain and establish an organic bridge of cordial, peaceful, and productive relationship between the military and the civil populace.”

According to him, “NASA was worth celebrating to appreciate the sacrifices of our gallant officers and soldiers to our countries; give kudos to the families of the troops at the front-line for maintaining the home in the absence of their spouses,”

High point of the occasion was the presentation of different traditional Nigerian cuisines, drama and cultural dances from across Nigeria by military personnel, their families, their children and members of the public.