The Nigerian Army on Saturday distributed palliative and rendered free medical outreach to 250 people of Aponmu community in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Brig. Gen. Zakar Abubakar, Commander 32 Artillery Brigade, who distributed the items, said the gesture was part of activities lined up by Chief of Army Staff(COAS), Lt. Gen. Turkur Buratai, to celebrate 2020 Nigerian Army day.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the items comprised of rice, semolina, milk, tomatoe paste, sugar, vegetable oil, face mask as well as drugs for malaria and other common ailment in the communities.
Abubakar said that the gesture was also part of civil-military operation of Nigerian Army.
“The aim is also to touch the community, we are all aware of COVID-19 pandemic which is touching every part of the world and nowhere is left untouched.
“This pandemic has come with economic hardship, however, the COAS in his good leadership and vision decided to send the palliative from Abuja to the good people of Aponmu community.
“This is done so that the community will know that as Nigerian, everybody has equal opportunity no matter where you are located.
“Of course, of what the Chief of Army Staff is giving to you today, in return, he wants you to be good citizen of Nigeria by maintaining peace and order.
“We want the community to live in peace, law abiding and provide all necessary information and intelligent for the military, police and other security agencies to tackle criminals, especially armed robbery incident that is very common within the state,” he said.
Abubakar, who thanked the community leaders and women for coming out en masse, charged them to follow the guideline of COVID-19 protocol by washing their hands, wearing of face mask, among others.
Two royal fathers, Chief Adeyemi Obajulaye, the Olu of Aponmu and Chief Ayodele Joshua, Lisa of Aponmu, appreciated the COAS for remembering the community, especially in view of hardship of COVID 19.
“We give thanks to COAS, to even remember us here is a good thing because we never expect what he has done for us today by giving us palliative and free medical outreach for our people, especially our elders.
“We all know now that the Army are friends of people and we promise that if anything went wrong in our community, we will not hesitate to run to them by informing them.
Also, Mrs Comfort Adewonmi, an 80-year-old woman who was giving special palliative and sum of N20,000, appreciated the COAS and the Army for the gesture.
“I pray today that God will fight for you and remember you with good things. This palliative and money will go along way in my life and it will help me meet my needs,” she said.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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