The Nigerian Army has reiterated its loyalty to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The Army also said it would ever remain apolitical.
It maintained that it was capable of defending the territorial integrity of the country when threatened.
Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt General Tukur Buratai, said this yesterday in his goodwill message to the Nigerian Army Day interdenominational church service held at the All Saints’ Military Church, Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja.
Buratai maintained that the army, under his leadership, was totally loyal to the President and also committed to the sustenance of the country’s growing democracy.
Buratai charged officers and men of the Nigerian Army to remain focused, disciplined and loyal to constituted authority, while ensuring that they carried out their roles effectively.
According to the COAS, “I want to, on behalf of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, reiterate our unalloyed loyalty to the President and Commander- In- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Army will continue to remain apolitical while ensuring the sustenance of democracy.”
Buratai, who was represented on the occasion by Chief of Policy and Plans, Army Headquarters, Major General Chris Jemitola, reassured them that issues bordering on their training and welfare were being taken seriously.
He added, “We will continue to do our best to ensure the comfort of our officers and soldiers, including their families.”
He also acknowledged and thanked all officers and soldiers for their tireless contributions in making the Nigerian Army victorious in the fight against insurgents and in other internal security operations.
“You have shown commitment, dedication, courage, resilience and the will to succeed. You have all done very well and I am proud to be your Chief of Army Staff.
“However, I will charge you to remain focused, disciplined and loyal to constituted authority while ensuring that we carry out our roles effectively,” he said.