Maj. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, has urged soldiers in various theaters of operations to pray in addition to their efforts.
He maintained that the country’s peaceful coexistence in the face of the rising instability depended on the spiritual effort being made in order for operations to be successful.
According to a statement released on Sunday by Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Army Public Relations, the Army Chief addressed during an interdenominational church service in Abuja as part of celebrations for Nigerian Army Day in 2023.
The statement quoted the COAS as enjoining troops “to complement their military effort with prayers for the success of the Nigerian Army in its operational engagements and the corporate existence of Nigeria, as one indivisible entity amidst contemporary security challenges bedeviling the nation.”
Lagbaja claims that the Nigerian Army is still the pride of the country and a major force in Africa and beyond.
He claimed that the church service gave people a chance to petition God Almighty on behalf of the Nigerian Army, the Armed Forces of Nigeria, and the country as a whole.
He said, “As we mark our 160th year, I must confess that our journey has not been a bed of roses. The Nigerian Army, in holding our nation together, has fought a civil war, participated in peacekeeping cum peace enforcement missions and is currently involved in combating terrorism, insurgency and other criminalities across the country.
“We have shed blood, piled up combat casualties, and the number of widows, widowers, and orphans has increased. We make sacrifices on behalf of God, humanity, and our nation.
The COAS urged all personnel to “continue to reciprocate government’s gesture by remaining loyal, disciplined, patriotic and undaunted” as they face security challenges in the various theatres of operations, while also praying that God would reward and crown our troops’ efforts with success.