The Nigerian Army yesterday said it has commenced preparation towards ensuring a successful third phase of the Operation Python Dance (Egwu Eke 3) in the South-East.
Speaking to journalists at the 145 Battalion Command Headquarters in Umuahia, Abia State, the new General Commanding Officer of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Emmanuel .B Kabuk, urged the soldiers to be prepared for the exercise, which he said would be done in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai.
He urged his troops to get ready for continued training and preparations towards what now seems to be an annual exercise and assured the South-East of the best of security as the ember months approach.
“Egwu Eke is not just an operation; it is a training activity for Nigerian Army on how to handle internal security challenges. If in conducting those training there are situations that need to be addressed in order for the South-East to have the best security and peace that we are talking about, the troops will embark on that.
“The issue of preparation is common, because training in the Nigerian Army continues. It is not just only for Egwu Eke, we have what is called ‘on the job training,’ it is a daily activity in the various units and formations of the Nigerian Army.
“But this time around, it focuses on training because it is an exercise that is at army level and we are the host. So, we have to be prepared to make sure that we perform our responsibility consistent with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff in order to achieve the set objectives for that exercise.”
Kabuk, who took over the command from Major-General Adamu Baba Abubakar, on August 6 said that the ‘vision of the Chief of Army Staff was to have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional role, where troops are expected to be professional in all they are doing, responsive and must ensure that whatever they are doing must be consistence with the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.’