The Chief of army staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai represented by the Commander, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH)said the celebration of the 2016 West African Social Activities (WASA) by the 3rd Division Nigerian Army after 5 years has proved that peace has returned to Plateau State. He maintained that age long military cultural day popularly known as WASA was put on halt for the past 5 years due to the activities of insurgencies in the State and other parts of the Country.
The Commander, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) maintaining peace on the Plateau and some part of Bauchi State, Brig. Gen. Nicholas Rogers stated while addressing families of officers and soldiers of the 3 Division during the celebration of the 2016 West African Social Activities (WASA)held at the Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Rukuba Barack Jos Plateau State on Saturday 4th February, 2017 said,
“WASA has been put to on halt for the past 5 years due to insurgencies in the State and the Country in general. in a few months , our soldiers who are in the northeast on operations against Boko Haram sect will return to and unite with their families, as they are already winning the war and it will soon be over”. saying the celebration of WASA 2016 by the 3rd Division Nigerian Army has prove that peace have return on the Plateau state.
The General Officer Controlling 3rd armour division Nigerian Army, Maj Gen. Peter Dauke said WASA is an age long heritage aimed at preserving the Nigerian army’s ethics and traditions through social interaction with officers, soldiers and their families as a way of fostering comradeship and unity among personnel as one large family in the Country.
The GOC maintained that the 3rd Army division has made significant progress in the areas of training in the year 2016;
” I have already put in place measures to correct the avoidable lapses in our training activities, while the COAS has assured the Division of necessary logistic support in the year ahead, we brace up in overcoming the contemporary security challenges in the Country, we count on the fervent prayers and moral support of Nigerians” he said.
Chairman of the 2016 WASA, Brig Gen M H Magaji expressed gratitude to all invited guests, families of officers and soldiers, cultural dance group, the media for being part of the celebration.
“I thank all that have contributed in one way or the other for the success of the 2016 WASA celebration, such ceremony availed men of the Nigerian army the opportunity to partake in their cultural dances often taken away from us due to the nature of our job.”
The 3 division awarded 5 outstanding soldiers who have distinguished themselves in character, disciplines and hard work in the year 2016.
The WASA celebration witness the displayed of different cultural dance groups, comprising Ngas, Igbo, Southern-Kaduna cultural display, Yoruba, Taroh, Irigwe, Afizere, Goemai, Idoma, Fulani among many others with a display of ‘tug of war’ a military game by soldiers. The event climaxed with bonfire led by the representative of COAS Brig. Gen. Nicholas Rogers.