The Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria on Thursday provided free medical services to Gyellesu community in Zaria, Kaduna State, as part of activities to mark the Nigerian Army Day.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the medical services covered examination and provision of free drugs to patients suffering from different ailments.

Speaking at the flag-off of the event, Col. Adamu Dan Bauchi (Rtd), said the responsibility of the Army was not restricted to defending the nation’s territorial integrity but also in offering social services to the people.

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“It is out of this, the Chief of Army Staff deem it fit to celebrate this year’s Nigerian Army Day by providing medical services to the society.”

He appealed to members of the community to take advantage of the exercise and get treated free of charge.

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In a message to the occasion, the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris, who was represented by Fagacin Zazzau, Alhaji Umar Mohammed appreciated the military for their community outreach programmes.

“This testifies the cordial relationship that exists between the military and civilian. This implies that the Army didn’t only restrict themselves to protecting Nigeria’s integrity.

“We highly appreciate the gesture by the Chief of Army Staff and we hope it will be a continues process,” he said.

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He appealed to the community not to feel shy as the military were people like them, adding that they should come out and benefit from the gesture.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise which was conducted at Ahmadu Gyellesu Primary School drew people from all walks of life.