By Leonard Okachie
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia and former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (Rtd) have lauded the Nigerian Army for preserving the nation’s diverse culture and traditions, as well as fostering her unity.
They gave the commendation when the 14 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Abia, held its 2022 West Africa Social Activities (WASA) at Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) Barracks on Saturday.
Ikpeazu, who was the Special Guest during the celebration, said the military had played a pivotal role in preserving the unity and security of Nigeria and Abia in particular.
Represented by his Commissioner for Public Utilities, Chief Kingsley Imaga, the governor said that the sacrifices of the Nigerian Army have led to its increased respect, honour and appreciation by the people.
He said: “The displays I have witnessed today have been highly entertaining an educative.
“They have highlighted the beauty and uniqueness of the cultures and traditions of various entities in our common patrimony.
“These displays, for the repeated time, remind us of the blessings of our unity in diversity.”
Also, the former Army Chief, Ihejirika, lauded the Army for promoting cultural diversity and unity through the social interaction of its personnel, their families and supporters.
He said: “All parts of this country are represented here and we are relishing the rich culture of this country.
“I’m particularly happy to be here because just 12 years ago, this brigade was established under my watch.
“You could see that this brigade has contributed in no small measure towards ensuring security in this part of the country and its environs.”
In a speech, the Commander 14 Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Adegoke Adetuyi, said that WASA was a practice in the Nigerian Army to mark the end of the calendar year, and usher in activities for the new year.
According to him, it is a forum to gather personnel, officers and soldiers, families and friends of the barracks, including the host communities, in a conducive atmosphere to interact and celebrate.
” It shows that the Nigerian Army is also made up of people that socialise and also that could display their culture and traditions,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that diverse ethnic groups in the barracks displayed their rich culture and tradition through dance and other ways.
It also witnessed a tug-of-war competition between the officers of 145 Battalion and 14 Brigade Garrison, and the recognition of some personnel for outstanding performance.
NAN further reports that a bonfire was also lit to signify the climax of all Military Training Exercise for the year 2022.(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Vivian Ihechu