Army chief launches campaign for lasting peace

Army Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya

Army chief launches campaign for lasting peace

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, will conduct the flag for Exercise GOLDEN DAWN, ENDURING PEACE and STILL WATER nationwide on Monday, October 4, 2021. COAS will symbolically mark all exercises at the venue of Exercise GOLDEN DAWN which will take place in Ovie-Emene, Enugu East Local Government Area of ​​Enugu State. For all intents and purposes, it should be noted that these Field Training Exercises (ETP) are routines conducted annually by the Nigerian Army (NA), designed to effectively control all forms of crime and allow free movement people during the Yuletide. Additionally, the ETPs will also provide a platform to hone the skills of participating troops on the conduct of homeland security operations. The exercises will take place simultaneously in the 2, 6, 81 and 82 Divisions Areas of Responsibility (AORs) in the Southwest, South-South and Southeast regions respectively. It will also be conducted in the Army Archives of Headquarters Command, 401 Special Forces Brigade and Guards Brigade (AOR) Areas of Responsibility in the North Central States of Kogi, Benue and the Federal Capital Territory, respectively.

Troops are expected to be subjected to operational rigors to effectively respond to security challenges, ranging from kidnapping, banditry, violence, robbery, armed robbery, worship, community crisis, violent secessionist agitations, clashes between farmers and herders and insurrection, among other various crimes. This will be complemented by strong civil-military relations activities in identified communities in the envisaged areas of responsibility. This intervention calls on key stakeholders to support the NA and other security agencies to stem the tide of crime and criminality in the regions, especially as it approaches Yuletide.

Therefore, members of the general public are urged not to panic upon seeing the movement of troops and equipment. They are also asked to continue to support the NA and other security agencies with credible information on the activities of criminals in their vicinity. Nigerians are please encouraged to make the exercise their own for a seamless celebration during the Christmas season.

brigadier general
Director of Army Public Relations
October 3, 21

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