The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has continued the distribution of palliatives to more communities as part of activities to commemorate the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2020.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than 200 indigent persons in Kaura-Namoda on Sunday received bags of food items while schools received exercise books.
Buratai, who was represented by the Chief of Transformation and Innovation, Maj.-Gen. Elvis Njoku, said the distribution of palliatives was being done simultaneously across the country in support of the civilian populace.
According to the COAS, NADCEL is supposed to be an occasion for the army to celebrate and showcase its might, skills and equipment, but the COVID-19 pandemic had necessitated the distribution of palliatives instead.
“This is not unconnected to the ravaging pandemic of COVID-19 which has affected most people’s sources of livelihood, the way we relate and has created a myriad of challenges.
“The Nigerian army has, therefore, over the years taken deliberate steps toward ensuring that it contributes back to society in the area of corporate social responsibility.
“This is very much in line with my vision which is to have a professionally responsive Nigerian army in the discharge of its constitutional roles. I have ensured that we pay very close attention to the non-kinetic aspect of our operations.
“The need to ensure that we have a good and cordial relationship with the civilian populace and host communities where we conduct several military operations cannot be over emphasized. This craving for a cordial relationship necessitated the conception of this distribution of palliatives in Kaura-Namoda.
“This is also very much in line with the civil military cooperation drive of the Nigerian army; to bridge the gap between the civilian populace and the army, thereby portraying the Nigerian army in a positive light.”
The COAS said that the Nigerian army had enjoyed the support and cooperation of the people of Kaura-Namoda in its efforts to surmount the challenges of insecurity in the country.
Buratai also assured the community that the Nigerian Army would live no stone unturned in the effort to curb criminal activities and ensure security of the country.
Earlier, the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj.-Gen. Hamza Bature, represented by the Director, Information Management, Brig.-Gen. Aminu Goni, said the distribution of palliatives was to appreciate the civilian populace for their cooperation.
Bature said that the cooperation of the people had contributed to the successes of military operations across the country.
“The Nigerian army, in fulfilment of its constitutional roles, will continue to guarantee the physical security and safety of all citizens in the country.
“This can only be achieved through support from community leaders and the entire people of the state,” Bature said. (NAN)