By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2019 opened in Kaduna on Tuesday, with the COAS, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai assuring that the Nigerian Army remains committed to protecting lives and property of Nigerians.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference held at the Trade Fair Complex, Kaduna, he praised President Muhammadu Buhari for transformation witnessed in the Army since 2015.
“Transformation of Nigerian Army to present status commenced immediately President Buhari took over in 2015.
” Such transformation has further positioned us to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army playing its constitutional role.
“We are gathered here today and throughout this week to better position Nigerian Army in the year 2020 and beyond.
“We are honoured to have you in our midst Mr. President, to unveil the locally manufactured mine protected anti Ambush vehicle popularly known as EZUGWU MRAP.
“We are honoured to have you here at the commissioning of the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital which is a level four United Nations hospital standard,” he added.
Buratai informed that the Nigerian Army in 2019 has conducted several local and international training of troops to better position them and build capacity in various areas.
“We have intensified our civil – military as well as civil- media military relationship, which gives us several advantages for the overall benefit of our beloved country.
“Nigerian Army is committed to ensuring safety of all Nigerians,” he assured.
He further assured President Buhari of 100 per cent support of all the officers and men of the Nigerian Army.
“We are grateful for your support Mr. President, I want to humbly reassure you Mr. President of our unalloyed support and loyalty to the Nigerian Constitution,” he assured.
The conference with the theme, “Application of the Cutting Edge of the Nigerian Army in Tackling Contemporary Security Challenges” attracted several dignitaries, including President Muhammadu Buhari who served as Special Guest of Honour, former head of general Yakubu Gowon, Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd) and Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin.
Others spotted were ex Chief of Defence and Chief of Army Staff, General ML. Agwai, Major General Kenneth Mininah, Major General Ihejirika Major General Abdulrahman Dambazau, Maj General Chris Alli and Maj Gen Alwali Kazir
The conference which began on December 2 will be ending on December 6 at the Kaduna International Trade Fair Complex Kawo, Kaduna.