The Nigerian Army has been commended for its selfless service to guarantee the safety of lives and property of citizens.
Residents of Calabar metropolis in Cross River State gave the commendation after witnessing officers and men of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar, clear the streets of debris.
Show of respect
The people said the decision to embark on environmental sanitation was a show of respect for the State and the Nigerian Government’s drive to keep the environment clean and green as well as prevent epidemics of any kind.
“This is the best I have seen of the Nigerian Army…Apart from risking their lives to fight the Boko Haram insurgents, they also find time to come and help us clean our environment. It is a good thing,” One resident, Mr. Edem Edem said.
The Medical unit of the Army also went on a city wide campaign against the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus, a gesture, which was regarded by many as the ultimate show of love.
The medical team visited bus terminus, major markets and populated residential areas with the message of abstinence, faithfulness and proper use of condoms by male and females.
The Public Relations Officer of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Captain Kayode Owolabi said the environmental sanitation exercise and medical outreach were ‘part of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai’s vision on promoting excellent civil military relations.’
“The exercises are intended to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration billed for the 6th of July. They were also intended to enhance confidence building with the public and achieve better working environment for security operations,” Owolabi further stated.
Highlight of the medical outreach was the distribution of fliers, some supplies and brief talks to people in vehicles, at shops and homes.