BY: Nick Nwaneri , Calabar
The 2-4-5 battalion of the Nigeria army, Afi, Ikom, has marked its annual West African Social Activity, (WASA).
The week long activities provides a platform for officers and men of the Nigeria army to relax with their families and members of host communities and engage in healthy and friendly discussions.
The annual event according to the Nigeria army remains an acceptable tradition of the army to bring themselves together in a more congenial atmosphere to celebrate the end of year activities.
Speaking at this year’s activities organized at the unit’s parade ground, the Commanding Officer, 2-4-5 battalion, Colonel A.J.S Gulani, said it was a significant regimental activity held annually to mark the successful end of year activities and to usher in the new year activities.
According to Gulani, WASA has its origin dated back to the social activities organized for soldiers in the colonial force? known as the west African frontier force, WAFF.
The Commanding Officer recalled that the event was initiated to relieve soldiers from routine regimental life of stress, adding that “it create an avenue for them to relax with their colleagues and civilians a tradition he noted the Nigeria army has adopted”.
Colonel Gulani observed that WASA provides a forum for informal social interactions and create avenue for the barrack community to showcase the diverse cultural endowment of Nigeria as well as promote team spirit, espirit de-corp and soldiers.
Some of those who attended the event including members of the barrack communities described the event as a veritable social gathering for fun and recreation.
Some officers and soldiers wives on their part said the annual event goes a long way to promote love, unity and enables them to refresh, while also remember their gallant husbands in troubled sports fighting to keep Nigeria safe and paying the price for their fatherland
They commended the C.O for the event which some of them said had not been witnessed for long and urged him to continue the good work.