Eid-El-Fitr: GOC 81 Division Celebrates With Soldiers, Widows In 192 Battalion Ogun State

Hyacinth Chinweuba

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Lawrence Fejokwu, during the Eid celebration organised sumptuous luncheon for members of the Owode-yewa barracks community.

Also in attendance at the luncheon was the Commander 9 Brigade, Nigerian Army Ikeja, Brigadier General Mayirenso Lander Saraso.

The luncheon was organised to mark the Year 2021 Eid-El-Fitr which signalled the end of the  Ramadan Fast for Muslim faithfuls.

General Fejokwu in his remarks, urged  personnel and their families to remain  disciplined, law abiding and committed at all times. He assured the troops that he would ensure  timely rotation of their colleagues currently deployed in various  ongoing operations across the country, especially those in Operation HADIN KAI.

The GOC  said he organised the luncheon to enable him felicitate with the Owode-yewa barracks community on the joyous occasion of the Eid-El-Fitr 2021.

He added that his choice of 192 Battalion location which is located on the outskirts of Ogun State was to identify with the families of the troops, most of whom have been on operation in the North East for more than a year now and to give them a sense of belonging.

The GOC who was also the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion urged the soldiers and their families to seize the opportunity of the occasion to enjoy and unwined themselves with their neighbours while praying for the safe return of their husbands soon.

Some invited guests who graced the occasion included His Royal Highness, Alake Of Ajilete Oba Kabir Aderibigbe, His Royal Highnesses Oba (Reverend) Mathew Sunday (JP), the Olu of Owode and His Royal Majesty, Oba (Professor) Abdulkabir Adeyemi Oba Lanleke, Olota of Ota.

Others include the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Wole Abioye, who represented the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Owode and Assistant Commander Akinwunmi Olaoluwoye, Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps ldiroko, Ogun State.

High point of the celebration was the dance  segment which featured Major General Fejokwu, Brigadier General Saraso and the children of soldiers in the barracks.

The event was both interesting and comical as the GOC, Commander 9 Brigade and the Children thrilled the crowd with different dance steps.

The occassion climaxed with the presentation of gifts to the GOC by Members of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), 192 Battalion Charpter and the Nigerian Army Soldiers Wives Association (NASWA).

Major General Fejokwu also presented gifts to widows of soldiers who paid the supreme price for the nation.

Items presented to the widows included  bags of rice, cartons of indomie noodles, sphagetti and  wrappers.

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