Lagos Governor commends Army security support

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu (right) and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General, Tukur Buratai (left) when he visited the Governor in his office on Monday.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has commended the Nigerian Army for supporting the Lagos State government to strengthen security architecture.

Governor Sanwo-Olu made the commendation when he received the delegation of Army at the State house in Ikeja.

He praised the delegation led by the Nigerian Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, saying his two previous meetings with the Division had yielded positive results.

High level of discipline
Governor Sanwo-Olu eulogised the Army for maintaining high level of discipline and professionalism in its operational engagement, saying “the actions of Army personnel in state have been in line with best practice.’’

“I am happy to inform our gallant Chief of Army Staff that your men have demonstrated highest level of commitment to us in Lagos and are giving us great support to enhance security. On multiple occasions, the Army has responded to our distress calls and this is commendable. I want to assure you that we will not take our relationship for granted,” the Governor said.

L-R: Major General John Malu; Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General, Tukur Buratai; Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat and Major General Musa Yusuf, during a courtesy visit by the Army Chief to the Governor at Lagos House, Alausa, on Monday.

Security and investment
Governor Sanwo-Olu reechoed his administration’s commitment to keep the state safe for investment and living, stressing that security operation would be strengthened to bring down crimes to minimum level.

The Governor said that the Army has been of great support for the state’s environmental plan, noting that he was personally excited to see soldiers engaging in sanitation last Saturday.

More operations
General Buratai said the Army would intensify its responsibility to enhance security of lives and property in Lagos and across the nation.

He promised that the military would always deploy its personnel for joint security operations to combat crimes in all parts of the country.

 “The Nigerian Army is assuring Your Excellency, Governor Sanwo-Olu that we are determined to collaborate with you and support your efforts to secure Lagos and defeat all forms of security challenges. I’m using this opportunity to show appreciation to the Lagos government for supporting our activities,” the Army chief said.

General Buratai was in Lagos for Combat Support Arms Training Week and Nigerian Army Day celebration.

Training week
He said the Combat Support Arms Training Week was a platform to provide combat support section of the Army and re-appraise their performances in their task of providing efficient combat support for the military operations.

The Army Day is to mark the contribution of fallen soldiers to the unity and security in Nigeria.

“The celebration of the Army Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate and honour some of our deserving personnel, both living and those that have sacrificed their lives for the unity of our nation. We remember their sacrifices and also pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased. Our hearts are with their families now and always,” General Buratai said.

He added that his visit was also to get the support of the Lagos government to develop the Army’s property in Epe Military Barracks, which is presently occupied by the Lagos State University.

Other top government officials that received the Army chief and his entourage included the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, his deputy, Mr. Gboyega Soyannwo, and Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola.


Mercy Chukwudiebere