Just as Muslims all over the world celebrated this year’s Eid-ul-Adha on Sunday in memory of the supreme sacrifices and obedience of father of faith, Prophet Ibrahim, to Almighty Allah and in line with Islamic tradition, the Nigerian Army was not left out of the festivities.
This time, the nation’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, chose to celebrate the Sallah with wounded troops but now recruperating at the 7 Division Medical Centre and Hospital Services, Maimalari Cantonment, in Maiduguri, Borno State, North East Nigeria.
This was as disclosed in a statement by Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, sent to The DEFENDER on Tuesday.
Colonel Musa said: “The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has celebrated this years Eid El Kabir with recuperating troops at the 7 Division Medical Centre and Hospital Services, Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri.
“Represented by Chief of Training and Opertaions (Army) Maj Gen EO Udoh, the COAS said the Nigerian Army had lived up to expectations and remains ahead of the threats bedeviling the country despite some daunting challenges.
“He added that the Eid El Kabir festival reminds the officers and soldiers of the significance of loyalty, obedience and sacrifice, even as it provides a unique opportunity for the personnel to reflect and redouble their efforts towards fulfilling their roles and justifying the confidence reposed in them by Nigerians.
“He commended the sacrifices of troops in the ongoing operations across the country as they discharge their statutory responsibilities satisfactorily, adding that their dedication to duty had ensured that the Nigerian Army remains the bastion of the country’s unity.
“Finally, the COAS paid tribute to troops that had paid the supreme price in various operations across the country, and assured that the Nigerian Army would continue to meet its obligations to their families to ensure that the void left by their loved ones is not felt,” he said.