Army Chief assures FCT residents of safety 

Nokai Origin, Abuja

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Buratai (Centre) with Emirate of Bwari Council led by the Emir, Alhaji Awwal Musa Ijokoro (II).

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has stated that the Nigerian Army will continue to work with other security agencies to ensure that the country and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, is safe and well protected.

The Army General stated this when he received the Emirate of Bwari Council led by the Emir, Alhaji Awwal Musa Ijokoro (II) at the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Abuja.

He said in terms of security, Bwari is the gateway to and out of the FCT, therefore it is an important area to the Nigerian Army especially with the cases of armed robbery and kidnappings on the Abuja-Kaduna road.

“You probably must have heard, we have already lined out our exercise for this year, exercise AYEM AKPATUMA and Positive Identification will be extended to the FCT also, which we hope will help us to checkmate criminals which we believe you will help us.”

The Emir of Bwari also expressed his appreciation to the Nigerian Army Chief, while assuring him that the Emirate recognises his contribution to national security.

“I am here to show my appreciation to you on the issue of security in Nigeria particularly in the FCT, I am here to give you maximum cooperation for your efforts, may Allah guide you and protect you, and may Allah make it easy for us,” he prayed.

Unrelenting efforts
The Chief of Army Staff also received the Executive Committee of National Defence College Alumni Association lead by Major General Garba Audu (rtd).

Speaking during the visit, Garba stated that they were at the Army Headquarters to appreciate the Chief of Army Staff, officers and men of the Nigerian Army for unrelenting efforts to end insurgency and security threats facing the nation.

General Buratai assured the delegation that he would give them avenue to closely work with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre to help them achieve their goals.

The association consist of both serving and retired members of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Similarly the Organisation of Environmental Agric and Health Development (OEAHD), a nongovernmental Organisation also paid a courtesy visit to the Army Chief at The Army Headquarters.

The Founder of the organisation Mrs. Tabitha Isechap Nzuta applauded the Chief of Army Staff for the reforms he brought, stating that “these reforms are already paying off.”

“Your reforms in the Nigerian Army, sophisticated strategy, motivation to our troops, rapid deployment of equipment and the vigour, with which you are pursuing the task of fighting insurgency and several other crimes across the country, are yielding positive results”. 

Lieutenant General Buratai was represented at the occasion by the by the Army Chief of Policy and Plans, Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun.


Sammie Idika