By Emmanuel Obisue
Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya on Tuesday commissioned the ‘Digitalized Nigerian Army Museum’ located along Mambilla Barracks, Abuja.
Prior to the establishment of the Abuja museum, the Nigerian Army museum was situated in Chindits Barracks Zaria, Kaduna State, which was co-located with the famous Nigerian Military School Zaria.
According to the Army hierarchy, as part of ways to preserve culture and history along with artefacts and relics, the Army thought it wise to relocate the museum to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
This, it said, will make the facility more accessible to visitors and the public.
Thus, the museum was moved to its present location and co-located with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, NARC. It is instructive to note that at the beginning it was under the command of the NARC, however, it is now an independent unit, but co-located with the NARC, the Army informed.
The COAS upon assumption of office, embarked on the reconstruction and renovation of the museum and subsequently digitalised it.
The project was commissioned in a brief but colourful ceremony on Tuesday.
Present at the occasion were Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters, Director-General, Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Major General GA Wahab (rtd), Corps Commanders, Directors and Staff of both NARC and the Nigerian Army Museum.
The digitalised and interactive Nigerian Army Museum and Archives which is presently headed by Brigadier General Umar Babangida, is stuffed with various artefacts and relics of the activities of the Nigerian Army since its establishment in 1863 to date.