The Commander, Guards Brigade, Brigadier General Usmau Takuti Usman, Officers, Soldiers and their families on Wednesday expressed joy and gratitude to the almighty God for the honour done Nigeria by participating troops in the just concluded Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland at a colourful ceremony hosted on their behalf by the Commander in Abuja.
Recall that the dynamic performance of the Nigerian Army participants, led by Lt. Colonel Mukthar Daroda which caught the eye of the world alongside participants from other countries, proved that Nigerian Army can hold its own against any military when tasked to do so.
Welcoming the participants to the country after the successful tour, the Commander Guards Brigadier General Usman commended the soldiers and officers for their fascinating artistry and display at the event which he said received accolade across Nigeria and urged the participants not to relent.
He said the performance of the team also boosted the image and capabilities of the Nigerian Army in the international arena.
In his remarks, the Head of military delegation to Scotland and Commanding Officer 7 Guards Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Mukthar Sani Daroda thanked God for successful tour and the Nigeria government particularly the Nigeria Army for having faith and giving them the opportunity to represent the country.
He said the team generally was delighted to serve and to showcase the Nigerian Army and the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria stressing that the gesture would indeed avail the Armed Forces of Nigeria and its British counterpart opportunity to strengthen existing bilateral relationship.
Daroda disclosed that everyone who has watched the video of the Nigerian Military display during the occasion agreed it is beautiful to watch.
He highlighted on the history of Military Tattoo and the exceptional display by the Guards Brigade Band, the silent drill platoon and the Nigeria Cultural Troupe from the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture which he described as second to none.
The team leader noted that during the event a high level delegation from Nigeria led by the permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Culture, Staffs from the Federal Capital Territory Administration and Representative of the Chief of Defence Staff were all in Endinburgh to witness the performance of the Nigerian Team.
Lieutenant Colonel Daroda thanked the Nigeria Government particularly the Chief of Army Staff for having faith in them and providing all the financial and Logistic support.
He expressed gratitude to the Commander Guards Brigade for finding them worthy of representing the Brigade, the Army and the Nigerian Nation.
He noted that momentum and gifts were presented to the Nigeria team particularly the Silence Drill Squad and the Guards Brigade Military Band for their brilliant performance during the event.
Present at the occasion are Director Department of Army Standard and Evaluation, Brig Gen IM Abdulkadri, Chief of Staff Guards Brigade, Colonel KU Sidi, Commanding Officers, Guards Brigade Garrison Commander, Staff Officers of the Brigade and families of the Participants of the Participants of the Royal Military Tattoo team.
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