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By NBF News

It was pomp and celebration recently in Maiduguri as the Boy's Brigade of Nigeria filed out to demonstrate their affinity and fraternity at the enrolment and installation of one of their own. The day witnessed an official inauguration of the leadership of the 38th Borno Company of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church sub-headquarters chapter of the Boy's Brigade.

As the early Sunday morning cold gave way to a warm weather, an atmosphere of conviviality was created and the otherwise serene Post Office area of Maiduguri, the location of the church and venue of the event, became electrified. It was indeed a moment of celebration for the young men and women who were clothed in their blue-white uniforms.

'It is good that this event is taking place today and as a military personnel with the Nigeria Air Force, it also reminded me of my constituency and similar programme. It is a way of instilling discipline in the youths and to also prepare some of them that may take a career in the military. I never even imagined such a thing could be taking place here because of the peculiarity of the environment but I'm impressed by the happening here,' Sergeant Ibitoye Muyiwa told Daily Sun.

Commenting on the origin of the Boy's Brigade, the newly installed captain of the company, Joshua Michael disclosed that the paramilitary group was established by a Briton in Glasgow, adding that the motive was to bring the youths together under an umbrella having being reportedly alienated and bemoaned then by the church authorities in England.

'At that time, the youths were not active in the church because they were not carried along by the church leaders in England. In fact, they were abandoned and their interest suffered greatly. It was at that point that the Boy's Brigade was established to train the youths on how to persevere even in the face of daunting challenges. It was taken out of the church and it became a non religious organisation which later metamorphosed into what it is today,' he explained.

Joshua said the enrolment ceremony was organised by the C&S Chapter of the Boy's Brigade to take new members (enrollees), promote officers to the next rank and decorate the newly appointed captain of the 38th company, noting that it was a day every brigade member was looking forward to.

'I thank God for the opportunity given to me to serve the company. It has been a fulfilling experience all this while and I must be grateful to the military personnel, lawyers and other men of God in the church for the quality of their advice,' he added.

Also speaking, a member of the advisory council to the brigade, Mr.Adebayo Bello said reviving the Boy's Brigade in the church after a few years of lull has been challenging, adding that the activities of the group suddenly noise-dived following leadership problems. He said the advisory council was constituted by the church to resuscitate the group. He maintained that the brigade was capable of uniting the youth and making them responsible through various training about life. He said perseverance, tolerance, dedication, self-determination, courage and selfless service or sacrifice were some of the lessons the youths could learn from participating in the Boy's Brigade.

Earlier, in a message titled A Faithful Steward delivered by Lady Leader Tosin Afolayan, the Boy's Brigade members were urged to be good helpers to the people anywhere they found themselves.  Quoting copiously from the Bible, she said the brigade members ought to see their calling like that of the steward, adding that kindness, faithfulness and reliability should be cultivated.

Exhortation and homily over, it was time to formally instal the newly promoted captain, Joshua Michael who will lead the 38th company of the C & S church of the Boy's Brigade. Acting DO, Bode Owolabi warned that the position should not be used to advance self satisfaction, urging the captain to use his new office to promote the gospel of peace, unity love and understanding among the people.

As the symbol of authority was being handed over to the new brigade leader after his decoration jointly performed by the state chairman of the Boys Brigade Battalion Council, Matthew Manada and the brigade adviser who represented the chaplain, Mrs Maria Bada, the congregation became excited and thereafter launched into celebration to end a period of uncertainty which has pervaded the Boy's Brigade group of the church. An impressive march pass was also demonstrated by the brigade.

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udeme emmanuel | 4/22/2015 11:11:00 PM
andrew | 6/14/2015 9:02:00 PM
Bitrus Panmun WO | 11/5/2015 1:30:00 AM
I love Boys Brigade with passion and it is my endless prayer that God will always guide us and protect us in Jesus name. WE ARE GOOD TO GO.
Lt. Innocent I. Akata | 11/25/2015 10:00:00 PM
I love brigade and I am asking government to confirm boy's brigade as one of Nigerian forces. brigade is good to go.
Habila zumgak bade a k a b z | 2/28/2016 8:47:00 PM
I am proud of boys brigade .brigade will be another force next coming years ,good day
Habila zumgak bade a k a b z | 2/28/2016 8:49:00 PM
I am proud of boys brigade .brigade will be another force next coming years ,good day
Japhet | 3/14/2016 6:54:00 AM
I pray for the brigades in Maiduguri that God should strengthen you more and more in Jesus name
Agada | 5/22/2016 11:27:00 PM
I Love Brigade And I Will Member Til Christ Will Come And Reword Me.
Johnson Richard | 6/27/2016 1:39:00 AM
I so much love brigade and I am proud to be a member as the new captain 49th Onitsha company of Anambra state council. The Vision of founder.... Shall not die in my hand.
Lt.steady | 7/7/2016 6:57:00 PM
Good to go with high moral...B.B will be a force...sure and steadfast
Lt.steady | 7/7/2016 6:58:00 PM
Good to go with high moral...B.B will be a force...sure and steadfast
Lt N C Samaila Taras | 7/20/2016 3:33:00 PM
I Am A Lieutenant Here In Ikara Diocese As Well As Kubau Batt Kaduna State Jaba By Tribe I Am In Need Of Ur Prayer For Mission Kaduna State Good To Go
Oginni Temidayo Samuel | 9/13/2016 8:55:00 AM
We are good to go,4ward eva bkward never.we are one nd we are always prepared.osun state chapter
Oginni Temidayo Samuel | 9/13/2016 8:57:00 AM
Brighter future ahead of us boys brigade
Aaron H. Matthew | 9/26/2016 7:25:00 AM
B=Boys BB=Boys' Brigade till last breath.
osborn okache | 3/7/2017 10:44:00 PM
MELABA SUNDAY | 5/11/2017 5:27:00 AM
I m sergeant I love BB with passion...... good to go
oche from 5th Niger company | 6/11/2017 8:15:00 PM
We are go to, no going back in Jesus name. I salute all the boys brigade member let keep the mora high. Leut in-charge 4th Kagoro company
W O Timothy f mambaka from adamawa | 6/24/2017 2:18:00 PM
Good to go
W.O2 Mamman Friday | 6/30/2017 12:27:00 PM
Gud to go,boys brigade u wil prosper in Jesus Name
Officer Paul | 7/3/2017 9:37:00 AM
FROM 51st BENUE COMPANY MORA HIGH MY Prayer for the Boys and Girls Brigade is that may the Lord of Heaven touch the heart of our Government to approve us as one of the Military Brigade in JESUS NAME
Emmanuel | 10/3/2017 7:58:00 PM
28th ibadan company We o, boys brigade we need to stand and provide the government that we are stronger then man'0'war...are we good to go?
Love is desire sublimated into unprovoked solicitousness.
By: Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe