Nigerian military capable of crushing all armed groups – Gov Sule

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Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State asserts that the Nigerian Army has the capability to dismantle all armed groups causing unrest in the nation.

Sule delivered these remarks on Sunday during the 2023 West African Social Activities hosted by the Nigerian Army’s IV Special Forces Command in the Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The governor praised the army and other security agencies for their ongoing efforts in combating kidnapping, banditry, and various security challenges across the country. Additionally, he commended the Special Forces personnel for their efforts in addressing criminal activities within the state.

Regarding the significance of the event, Sule applauded the tradition of holding the annual social event, WASA, which serves to unite officers and their families, fostering stronger bonds among different ethnic groups within the military. He emphasized that the occasion provided an opportunity for officers and soldiers to interact, share their cultures, and celebrate traditions, highlighting the Nigerian Army’s commitment to promoting social connections among its members and families.

The governor reiterated the state government’s commitment to supporting the army in its endeavors.

“The IV Special Forces is a specialised component of the Nigerian army that is saddled with the responsibility of air-bound operations, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, foreign-internal defence, and unconventional warfare, among others.

“I am much aware of your operational efforts in the various parts of the states, some of which led to our gallant men paying supreme prices in service to the nation.

“In recognition of your patriotic service, this administration will continue to support the efforts of our security personnel through the provision of security vehicles for surveillance and other support to ensure the protection of lives and property of our citizens,” Governor Sule added.

Beforehand, the commander of the special forces command, Maj. Gen. Hillary Nzan, elaborated on the purpose of WASA, stating that it was established to provide officers and soldiers with a break from their regular regimented routines, offering them an environment where they can unwind and socialize freely with each other and civilians.

He assured that the command would persist in its efforts to combat all forms of criminal activities within its jurisdiction, reaffirming the army’s dedication to safeguarding the country’s territorial integrity.

Furthermore, Maj. Gen. Nzan reiterated the army’s commitment to remaining vigilant in defending the nation.

During the event, awards of excellence were presented to five officers who had displayed exceptional performance.