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''Nigeria Will not Break Up'' - Army

''Nigeria Will not Break Up'' - Army

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Azubike Ihejirika, on Tuesday, said Nigerians should disregard any statements about the country breaking up.

"So, when people talk about break up, have they forgotten so soon that they have an army that paid dearly to keep the country together?" According to the army chief, they are still ready to pay the supreme sacrifice to continue to keep the country as one united entity. "So, we should forget about any talk of Nigeria breaking up. The army will not agree to that," he stressed.

Ihejirika said the veterans helped to shape policies on national security and also assisted the military in having a fair share of the budget. He commended the retired officers who had been striving to keep the retired Army, Navy and Air Force Association going. Ihejirika said the fact that the retired officers honoured the invitation of the army showed the love they had for the profession.

The units include Special Forces Brigade, 3rd Battalion for Guards Brigade to be located in Kuje, Army Aviation and Dog units at divisional level. He said the army had 40 helicopter pilots already trained, in addition to the technicians trained at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Kaduna. Earlier, Maj.-Gen Mohammed Isah, the Commander, Army Infantry Corps, said the corps had officers and men who could compete favourably in the world.

He said the forum had provided a platform where the young serving officers could tap from the vast experience and knowledge of senior officers to move the corps to a higher level.

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