The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says the Nigerian Army has discharged its constitutional responsibilities effectively in defending the sanctity and integrity of Nigeria in the last 60 years.
Speaking in commemoration of Nigeria’s 60th independence day celebration, Bruatai, said the army would also continue to ensure that the unity of Nigeria is not compromised.
He said that the Nigerian army had since pre-independence played critical roles in ensuring the country’s corporate existence as well as contributing to its economic, political and socio-economic development.
He also said that the participation of the army in various conflicts within and outside the country was significant, adding that it had held the country together as a united and indivisible country.
According to him, if you look at our constitutional role and of course vis-a-vis our defence priority, the defence of Nigeria from external aggression is number one priority and to maintain her territorial integrity is second.
“These key priorities are fundamental and this has manifested in the successful prosecution of the Nigerian civil war; an unfortunate war of the brothers with unfortunate consequences of war as it should be.