The Chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai says the army is solidifying its fight against insurgency and other domestic threats.
Lieutenant General Buratai who was represented by the chief of policy and planning at the army headquarters, Major General Christopher Jemitola made this known at the commencement of the 154 Nigerian army day celebration in Abuja.
He said the celebration was an opportunity to recount the activities of the military in the past year and also set goals for the coming year.
“Celebration is also aimed at projecting the Nigerian army as an institution of national unity, integration and development, as well as highlighting the achievements, capabilities of the Nigerian army.”
At a Jumaat service in honour of soldiers who have died in the course of duty, Lieutenant General Buratai made a pledge to continue to support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The theme for this year’s celebration is : Sustaining the successes of the Nigerian army in tackling contemporary and emerging security challenges.
Domestic activities of the army in the past one year were marred by allegations of human right abuses, with the most notable of them coming from Amnesty International which accused the army of torturing some suspected Boko Haram members and shooting members of the Indigenous People of Biafra during their peaceful rallies across some South-east and South-south states, charges which the board set up by the army to investigate the allegations has since exonerated it of despite mounting evidence on the contrary.