The 81 Division Nigerian Army (NA) has held an interdenominational Church Service to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) 2022 which started with Juma’at prayers in all NA formations and units on Friday 1 July. 2022.
The General Officer Commanding 81 Division represented by the Commander 9 Brigade Brigadier General Isang Akpaumontia said the NA as a force has the constitutional mandate to maintain the country’s territorial integrity and accordingly the theme for this year’s NADCEL is “Repositioning the NA in the Joint Operation Environment: A panacea for success in addressing Contemporary Security Challenges”
Brigadier General Akpaumontia stated that NADCEL is an annual event that was first celebrated on 6th July 1978 which marked the commencement of the country’s 30 -month Civil War to keep Nigeria as one. According to the Brigade Commander, NADCEL is therefore meant to bring to the knowledge of all NA personnel and indeed all Nigerians that the fact the war was an unfortunate tragedy.
The Commander noted that the NA uses the NADCEL Week which terminates on the 6th of July of every year to reflect on its performances in the previous year for more effective operations and performance for the following year. He said this is why the NA has remained resolute to bring the menace of insecurity to a complete halt and restore peace and normal y to the North as well as other parts of the country
In attendance at the church service are the Commander 55 Signal Brigade Brigadier General Ebenezer Oshunsan, Chief of Staff Headquarters 9 Brigade Colonel Isidor Amah, Acting Chairperson 81 Div NAOWA Mrs Laraba Joyce Onyekwu and Coordinator 9 Bde NAOWA Mrs Ndidi Amaka Akpaumontia. Others are the Div Chaplain very Revd Father (Colonel) NI Saleh, Lt Col MO Amuluche, officers of the Division, members of NAOWA, members of Soldiers Wives Association, and the barracks community