MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Nigeria’s former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) has commended officers and men of the Nigerian Army (NA) just as he has expressed confidence in Army’s efforts and ability under the leadership of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen. Faruk Yahaya, to stem the tide of current security challenges being faced by the nation.
Babangida made the statement on Monday when the COAS paid him a courtesy visit at his Hill Top residence in Minna, Niger State. The former Head of State pointed out, that though the nation was dealing with security treats in some parts of the country, the NA has put up tremendous effort to tackle the security challenges, since the COAS assumed command.
In the same vein, former Head of State; General Abdulsalam Abubakar, noted that the COAS assumed command at a time the nation was being confronted with multifaceted security challenges. He expressed satisfaction with the COAS’ unrelenting drive at confronting the challenges squarely at all fronts.
He commended the COAS for engaging key stakeholders across the country in the untiring search for public support and cooperation to effectively enhance ongoing operations against insecurity in the nation.
Gen Abubakar further lauded the COAS for his pragmatic leadership in visiting military formations and theatres of operations to engage and motivate the troops. He called on the officers in the junior leadership of the NA to emulate the exemplary leadership virtues of the COAS’.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has called on the good people of the state and Nigerians in general to support the Nigerian Army and the Armed Forces and security agencies in the ongoing anti-banditry and counter Insurgency Counter Terrorism Operations in the country.
Governor Bello made the call when the COAS’ paid him a courtesy call also on Monday in Government House, Minna.
The Governor who maintained that without security there would be deficiency in socio-economic development, urged all key stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians to support and cooperate with the military and other security agencies in the fight against banditry and other forms of security challenges in the country. He assured the COAS of his government’s cooperation with the NA and the Armed Forces of Nigeria to mitigate insecurity in the state.
Speaking during the visit, the COAS disclosed that he was on a working visit to Niger State and Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command, Nigerian Army, for the Doctrinal Development Conference, aimed at reviewing Army training and operational concepts.
He added that the visit to the two former Heads of State and the Governor was not solely to pay homage, but to as well interface with the former leaders and the Governor in his effort to squarely address security challenges in Niger state and the nation in general.
Lt Gen Yahaya expressed optimism that with the right support and cooperation from key stakeholders and the citizenry, the NA and indeed the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will overcome the current security challenges bedeviling the nation.