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Army Stressed The Need For Synergy to Fight Insurgency, Crime —Africa Daily News

By Abdulwahab Muhammad,Bauchi

The Commander of the 33 Artillery Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Emmanuel Egbe has asked officers and men of the brigade, sister Service and paramilitary agencies in Bauchi State to synergise, harmonise and collaborate to collectively fight against insurgency and other forms of criminalities in the country.

The Commander said this on Friday at the Brigade's Parade Ground Shadawanka Barracks Bauchi, during the monthly Joint Route Match exercise for the month of November 2023. He said The joint Exercise was part of efforts towards achieving the Command Philosophy of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, which is “To transform the Nigerian Army into Well-trained, Equipped and Highly Motivated Force Towards Achieving our Constitutional Responsibilities Within a Joint Environment". 

General Egbe said to effectively tackle insurgency and other forms of insecurity, there is a need for soldiers to forge diplomatic ties with other security agencies and the civil population, adding this will encourage people to divulge credible intelligence that would aid in addressing insecurity. 

General Egbe said the exercise which is being carried out in line with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja will keep soldiers fit and combatant-ready at all times. 

"As a soldier, every day you are on alert and ready to respond to the call to defend the nation which can come any time."

"Let us continue to maintain discipline and decency. Our civil-military relationship must be cordial so that they can be encouraged to give intelligence information. 

"The whole nation is relying on us and we cannot let the nation down that is why we must continue to keep fit, we must continue to train and be operationally ready. 

Brigadier General Egbe commended the cooperation exhibited by personnel of the sister service, the Nigerian Air Force and other para-military agencies including Nigeria Immigration Service and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) among others for making the Joint Route Match a success. He also commended members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) 

"In the fight against insecurity, we must synergies and come together. We need each other. So, we must develop cooperation, synergy and friendship," he said.

General Egbe commended the troops for their discipline, courageousness, and commitment, saying that he was impressed with the “wonderful and good to go” level of morale displayed by the troops during the conduct of the route march. 

He advised the troops to take advantage of the exercise to improve themselves physically and build strong friendships, among others.

The Commander said that the Chief of Army Staff wants all troops to be combat ready at all times in the discharge of their constitutional roles. In that light, he said the General Officer Commanding 3 Division Nigerian Army and Commander Operation SAFE HAVEN, Major General AE Abubakar has always supported the Brigade in its training and operational activities, which he said the Brigade was grateful for. According to him, the importance of joint training and exercises amongst military personnel and other security agencies can not be overemphasized , saying that “We are the eyes and hope of the country.”

Participants for the November 2023 Route March included officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Federal Road Safety Corps. Others are Department of State Services, Nigeria Immigration Service, Youth Corps members, Boys Brigade and officers/soldiers’ wives. 

The event which ended on a high note saw the Commander celebrating the success of the exercise with troops amidst high excitement.

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