The Nigerian Army has called on Nigerians to
support and pray for officers and soldiers as they
put their lives on the line to defend the country
from internal and external threats.
Brig.-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji, the outgoing
Commander of 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Port
Harcourt, made the call on Sunday at an inter-
denominational church service to mark 153 years
of existence of the Nigerian Army.
He said the day was marked out to celebrate the
living and honour officers and soldiers who paid
the supreme sacrifice with their lives.
According to him, citizens must honour their
memories by showing love to the families of both
the living and deceased personnel.
“The Nigerian army is celebrating its 153 years of
existence, and over the years has remained a
bastion of national unity and contributed to
“The journey so far has been very interesting and
challenging at the same time, but over the years the
army has defended the country to its best abilities.
“During this time we have lost officers and soldiers,
and so, today, we celebrate the living and
remember our fallen comrades.
“We also pray that God should continue to provide
for and protect the families of our lost heroes who
sacrificed their lives for peace and prosperity of our
country,’’ he said.
Olabanji, who is on posting to command 3 Brigade
Nigerian Army, Kano, said the army recorded
several successes in the last one year in spite of
He said that successes were recorded in the fight
against insurgency and illegal oil bunkering among
Olabanji commended officers and soldiers of the
brigade and residents of the state for their support
during his time as brigade commander.
“I return all glory to God because it is neither my
strength nor power that I was able to accomplish
the little I achieved as Commander of 2 Brigade.
Similarly, Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association
(NAOWA), also donated several bags of rice,
cartons of indomie noodles, toiletries and other
consumables to Saviour’s Orphanage in Port
Mrs Yemisi Olabanji, Zonal Coordinator of NAOWA 2
Brigade, Port Harcourt, and wife of the outgoing
Brigade Commander, said the gift were part of the
activities marking the Army Day celebrations.
She said the association would not relent in its
resolve to provide support for the less privileged in
the society. (NAN)..