The 14 Brigade Nigerian Army in Abia, on Saturday conducted free medical outreach in Afaraukwu-Ibekwu, the hometown of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the services rendered included medical consultation, laboratory investigation, eye care, distribution of eyeglasses, and treated mosquito nets.
Others were check up on diabetes, blood sugar, and blood pressure, voluntary HIV testing and counseling, provision of free drugs, and malaria prevention awareness, and treatment, among others.
The Brigade Commander, Brig-Gen Adegoke Adetuyi, said the free medical outreach was part of civil-military cooperation under Exercise Golden Dawn II.
He said it was aimed at assuring the people of Afaraukwu and Abia in general of the Nigerian Army’s readiness to provide adequate security for the people and support their wellbeing.
The commander added that the outreach was intended to strengthen the existing cordial relationship between the people of Abia and the Nigerian Army.
“You are our people, we will always love you,” he added, and urged the community to support the military in the discharge of its constitutional duties.
According to Adetuyi, the Nigerian Army is ever ready to perform its constitutional role of giving necessary support to the civil authority.
He said this includes providing a conducive environment for electioneering activities ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“The medical outreach is targeted more towards the less privileged, the aged, and children in the community by providing succor to them at a time like this.
“It is a demonstration of the brotherly love that exists amongst us Nigerians,” he said.
Eze Edward Ibeabuchi, the traditional ruler of Okwulaga Afaraukwu-Ibekwu Ancient Kingdom, appreciated the commander, officers, and men of the Brigade for extending the gesture to the community.
Also, Eze Philip Ukaegbu, the traditional ruler of Enyi Ukwu Autonomous Community, Afaraukwu-Ibekwu, thanked the Army for the gesture.
“We are happy with the relationship we are establishing today with the Nigerian Army because we have never had it so good.
“We are highly delighted that we are getting this kind of pleasure from the people we thought were our enemies,” he said.
A beneficiary, Mrs Bridget Emeruwa, urged the Nigerian Army to render more of such services to the community in the future.