As part of its Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC) programme during Exercise GOLDEN DAWN II, 14 Brigade Nigerian Army Ohafia Abia State on Saturday organised a free medical outreach in Afaraukwu community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the State.

Afaraukwu community is the home of embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. He is standing trial over terrorism allegation.

The Commander 14 Brigade, Brigadier General Adegoke Adetuyi disclosed that the free medical outreach is aimed at assuring the good and loving people of Afaraukwu of Nigerian Army genuine concern in their affairs.

He said the military is not only ready to provide adequate security for the people at this Yuletide season but also to support their wellbeing always.

He further stated that the outreach is to strengthen the existing cordial relationship between Abians and the Nigerian Army.

He said Nigerian army ready to perform its constitutional role of giving necessary support to the Civil Authority in providing necessary conducive environment for electioneering activities towards 2023 General Elections in the State.

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The Commander also said “the medical outreach is targeted more towards the less privileged, the aged and children in the community by providing succour to them at a time like this, thus demonstrating the brotherly love that exists amongst us Nigerians.” Stating that the good people of Afaraukwu should see the outreach as a way of the Chief of Army Staff saying ‘You are our people, we will always love you!’

Earlier the Acting Commanding Officer 14 Brigade Medical Centre, Captain (Dr) Obinna Ikejiofor assured the people of Afaraukwu of free medical checkup in blood pressure, diabetes, eyes check up, voluntary HIV test and counselling with provision anti-retroviral drugs, distribution of other palliatives, among others.

His Royal Majesty Eze Edward Ibeabuchi of Afaraukwu Ancient Kingdom appreciates the Commander 14 Brigade and officers and men of the Brigade for extending such kind gesture which is first of it’s kind to them in their time of need and prayed for a united and peaceful Nigeria.

The event was witnessed by sons and daughters of Afaraukwu and its environs, as the free medical outreach was provided after due consultation was made and the people warmly welcome the programme. The event was hitch free.

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