Insecurity: Nigerian Army Day Celebration to be low key – Official

Nigerian Army

The low-key celebrations are in deference to those affected by the conflict in Northeast Nigeria.

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The Nigerian Army said on Friday in Abuja that its 2014 Nigerian Army Day Celebration, NADACEL, would be marked with low key celebrations.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Olajide Laleye, a Brigadier-General.

“As most of you are all aware, the Army annually celebrates the Nigerian Army Day Celebration, NADECEL, with pomp and pageantry. However, this year’s celebration will be on a very low key in respect and deference to the challenges being faced by law abiding citizens and members of the military, particularly in the North East and Nigeria in general,” Mr. Laleye said.

The statement said that part of the event would feature a Special Juma’at Prayer on July 4 and an Interdenominational Church Service on July 6.

The Nigerian Army was established in 1863 with 18 northern Nigerians.

However, the name Nigerian Army was first used 100 years later when Nigeria became a republic in 1963.

NADCEL is an annual event during which the army headquarters and formations across the country celebrate their achievements, conduct drills and equipment display.

The Army also executes community development projects during the occasion to enhance civil-military relationship.

(NAN)

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