The organisers of NAFEST have said that the Nigerian Army had signified interest in participating in the 2022 edition of the event slated to hold in Lagos on November 7, 2022.
The organisers added that this is the first time that the military will be participating in the iconic cultural tourism festival.
Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director General of National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC) revealed that the Army would take part in the event after a visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabir in Abuja.
In a statement made available to the press, the DG of NCAC had visited the military boss as part of creating windows for wider participation of Nigerian development ecosystem where he requested for the presence of the military architecture to support NAFEST and use same to build a strong relationship with civilian population.
Otunba Runsewe said, “Nigerian military is a strong partner in the quest to have a peaceful, united Nigeria and it is same message which NAFEST through our rich diverse culture wish to sustain and you will agree with me, that security is a strong pillar for Cultural preservation and promotion.
“So, we are happy the CDS , General Leo Irabor will deploy the three sister military architecture of the army, Navy and Airforce to showcase their social responsibility platforms and other sundry activities which civilian population can leverage on for a greater Nigerian nation”
Runsewe further explained that no one should panic at full military presence and deployment during the one week festival, dubbed Eko NAFEST.re testimonies.