The Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Faruk Yahaya on Monday ordered troops from Sector 2, Joint Task Force, North-East Operation Hadin Kai, to remain apolitical as the 2023 general election approaches.
Yahaya gave the order while addressing the troops at a Christmas luncheon in Damaturu.
He instructed the troops to display professionalism at all times and strictly adhere to the Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement during the election period.
“Furthermore, I beseech you to maintain the spirit of patriotism and to continue to do your best in the performance of the assigned duties and responsibilities.
“We must not rest on our belts as it is gratifying to see us making tremendous progress in defeating all opponents of bringing lasting peace to our homeland.
“Our collective sacrifices across the various areas of operations are greatly appreciated by well-meaning Nigerians, both at home and abroad, as well as Nigeria’s allies worldwide,” he said.
The COAS, represented by Major General. Koko Isoni, the sector commander, saluted the troops and their families on the occasion of Christmas 2022 and the upcoming New Year celebrations in 2023.
“I would like to sincerely thank God for His mercy, guidance and protection over us in fulfilling our constitutional duties to our dear country, Nigeria.
“Let me begin by taking this opportunity to recognize and appreciate all the officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army for their candor and tireless efforts to defeat insecurity in our beloved country,” he said.
Yahaya paid special tribute to all personnel who paid the highest price in the defense of the homeland and prayed for the repose of their souls.
“Our hearts and thoughts are always with their families. I pray that Almighty God will continue to grant them eternal rest.
“You can rest assured that the Nigerian military, under my leadership, will remain committed to providing high-quality prosperity for their families and preserving the memories of their unusual sacrifices,” the COAS said.
He expressed his appreciation and undivided loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support for the Nigerian military.
“The least we can give back is to remain committed, determined and focused to defeat all opponents in every nook and cranny of our great country, in accordance with Mr. President’s directives,” Yahaya said.
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