The Executive Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has lauded troops of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) for their sacrifices and commitment in the war against terrorism and insurgency in the North East.
Professor Zulum made the commendations during the Eid El Kabir lunch with the troops, recently in Maiduguri.
TheFact Nigera had recently reported that the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, and the Chief of the Air Staff, CAS, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, had, on 20 July, feted personnel of the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) to a buffet lunch in Maiduguri, which had provided an opportunity to, not only bond with frontline troops but also promote comradeship and regimentation in the Service, as well as to remember colleagues who have paid the supreme price in the service of the fatherland. The two Service Chiefs had also paid a courtesy visit to the governor of Borno State.
Governor Zulum, noted the continued improvement in the relationship between the military and civil authorities, and urged the military leadership to sustain the collaboration with Borno State Government in order fast track the end of terrorism and insurgency in the North East.
In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya stated that Eid El Kabir Festival provides a unique opportunity for troops to rededicate themselves, reflect on the objectives of their operations and redouble their effort towards fulfilling the constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the country.
Gen Yahaya commended all officers and soldiers in the theatres of operations across the country, urging them to remain resilient in tackling the security challenges confronting the nation. He charged them to operate in synergy with the sister services, as well as other security agencies and stakeholders.
He further urged the troops to remain apolitical and professional in the discharge of their duties in the defence of the nation aalluin conformity with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Speaking further, the COAS reiterated his pledge to promote merit, recognize gallantry, celebrate excellence and honour heroic acts, adding that he will also not hesitate to punish indiscipline, indolence, negligence and all untoward acts. He pointed out that the effort is to revamp cherished customs, ethics and traditions of the Nigerian Army, NA.
Not forgetting fallen heroes, Gen. Yahaya paid glowing tributes to all fallen troops who paid the supreme price in the fight to restore peace and tranquility in troubled parts of the country, and affirmed that the NA will ensure the comfort of their families, through prompt payment of all their entitlements, including medical bills and scholarships for the children they left behind.
The COAS also expressed appreciation to the Government and people of Borno State for all their support to the troops of OPHK.
Gen Yahaya extolled the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his unrelenting support and strategic guidance to the NA, and further reaffirmed the unalloyed loyalty of officers and soldiers of the NA to the Constitution and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Highlights of the event were, the presentation of welfare packages and serving of Sallah Lunch to recuperating troops by the Governor of Borno State, members of the National Assembly, the COAS, senior officers and other members of the State Executive Council.
Present at the event, were members of the National Assembly, Principal Staff Officers from Army Headquarters, members of the Borno State Executive Council, Formations and unit Commanders.
Others are senior officers from Headquarters JTF NE OPHK and 7 Division, heads of security agencies, recuperating troops at the 7 Div Medical Services and Hospital, as well as troops of OPHK.