The Headquarters of the 22 Armoured Brigade, llorin, on Thursday celebrated its West African Social Activities (WASA) 2022 in a colorful way.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the memorable event was organised by the Nigeria Army Institute of Science Education and Technology (NAISET) and Nigeria Army College of Education (NACOE).
In his remarks, Mr Takuti Usman, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division, Nigeria Army, said that the event was “a sustained drive of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS)”.
Usman, represented by Maj.- Gen. Bello Tsoho, the Commandant, NAISET, said the event was to sustain all aspects of regimentation, customs and traditions of the Nigerian Army.
According to him, the annual festival is an indigenous tradition of the military, that takes cognizance of the various cultural backgrounds of personnel and provides opportunity to exhibit them.
“The Nigeria Army has continued to upheld this celebration in order to foster esprit-de-corps among its personnel.
“WASA provides an avenue for officers, soldiers and their families to interact in a relaxed atmosphere, free from the regimentation of barracks’ life.
“It is equally an opportunity to socialise with our host community.
“It is worthy of mention that WASA equally provides a platform for recognising hard work and outstanding performance by personnel,” Usman said.
The GOC reiterated the COAS’ directives to all personnel to remain professional and apolitical in all their actions and utterances, including while on operations.
“I, therefore, reaffirm that the Nigeria Army would continue to provide a conducive and secured environment for the conduct of free, fair and credible 2023 general elections.
“This is through “Operation Safe Conduct” as in Aid to civil authority, which is in line with our constitutional responsibilities,” he said.
NAN reports that five deserving soldiers were given award for their outstanding performances, including: Sgt. Dauda Dogonyaro of 222 Battalion and Sgt. Adamu Muhammed of HQ 22 Brigade.
Others were: Sgt. Dauda Isyaku of 22 Brigade Garigade; Cpl. Shettima Hyani of NAISET and Lance Corporal Kefas Naomi of NACOE.
Different cultural groups displayed their traditional dancing steps, such as Igbo, Ekonke, Fulani and Ogun worshippers, while the Kwara Arts and Culture dancers performed at the festival.
Among other activities were: Tug of War and Lighting of Bonfire. (NAN)