By Ajogwu Jerry
Henceforth, the Nigerian Army and the Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood will partner to curb the ranging form of insecurities and terrorism across the country.
The resolve was reached when a delegation of the Actor’s Guild of Nigeria led by its Acting President, Steve Eeboh paid a courtesy visit on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai at the Nigerian Army headquarters, Abuja.
Addressing the audience, Eeboh aka Ajebo extolled the leadership qualities of Gen Buratai which according to him reflected in the fight against insurgency especially in the Northeast.
He applauded enormous roles played by the Nigerian Army in ensuring peace across the country while soliciting for security for actors / actresses on set especially in the Northeast.
Eeboh disclosed that the association is ready to partner with the Nigerian Army by producing movies, documentaries and jingles to further boost the morale of Nigerian Army troops in the fight against insurgency, kidnappings and armed banditry across the country.
“We are here today to salute the great leadership style of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai showcased through the training and retraining of Nigerian Army personnel and the triumphs of our troops fighting insurgency in the Northeast.
“The Actor’s Guild of Nigeria is ready to support the Nigerian army to consolidate on these achievements through the production of documentaries and jingles to be aired on different channels including the social media to reshape the mindsets of our citizens and to boost the morale of our troops”.
Eeboh who was accompanied by notable veterans in the Nigerian movie industry in the likes of Chika Okpala aka Chief Zebrudaya alias 4:30, Chief Bruno Iwoha, Jummai Joseph and other Nollywood actors said entertainment is part of peace and security.
The group requested for a novelty football match between actors and personnel of the Nigerian Army to foster good relations.
Reacting to the gesture, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai on a lighter note suggested a novelty boxing contest as an approval to the novelty match requested by the group.
Gen Buratai acknowledged great roles the film industry in Nigeria have been playing which according to him has attracted foreign exchange earnings and job opportunities for Nigerian youths.
“It is a work of vindication, work of perseverance and indeed a work for humanity.
“We are assuring you of Nigerian Army’s partnership to ensure that we project the image of Nigeria to limelights. The impacts of the Nigerian movie industry is great and you have done the country proud.
“The issue of insecurity is a collective concern because it is a serious threat to our corporate existence and we can embark on a lessen radicalization policy through the production of jingles and documentaries “.
The Army Chief further approved the request for a novelty football match to be featured during the 2019 Nigerian Army Day Celebration scheduled to hold in Lagos State on the 6th of July.
Similarly, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai played host to the Ambassador of Czech Republic to Nigeria, Mr. Marek Skolil at the Army Headquarters on Thursday.
The Ambassador praised the organization and security architecture of the Nigerian Army in the various counter insurgency operations including the just concluded inauguration ceremony which held in Abuja which had other country’s leaders in attendance.
Skolil noted cooperation between the two countries in the area of procurement of arms while stating that Nigeria is a major partner in the field of security.
In his remarks, the COAS said mutual relationships between the two countries dates back to 1961 with Czechoslovakia. However, he noted that from 2003 to 2012 relationship between the two countries was strained.
Gen Buratai hinted that the incumbent government led by President Muhammadu Buhari places emphasis on the procurement of arms and the Republic of Czech has been a major partner.
The Army Chief further sought for partnership with the country as Nigeria is set to produce locally made arms and ammunitions.
High points of the event was the presentation of gifts and exchange of souvenir by the Ambassador and the COAS.
The events had in attendance Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters including Diplomatic Attachés.