The Nigerian Army has appealed to traditional institutions in the country to use their revered influence in their various kingdoms and domains to support the military and other security agencies in the fight against terrorism and other sundry criminalities, especially in the areas of intelligence sharing.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya made this appeal when he paid a courtesy visit to the palace of the paramount ruler of Akure Kingdom, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Aladetoyinbo, Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundu the second.

This is even as the COAS said that logistics remain a critical component in war if decisive success must be achieved.

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement said that the Army Chief made these assertions during his working tour of the 2 Division area of responsibility.

The COAS said that he found it necessary to pay obeisance to the traditional institution.

He noted that the continuous support of the royal fathers is critical to troops’ operational success.

General Faruk Yahaya lauded the peaceful coexistence and cordial relationship existing between the Nigerian Army and the people of Akure and encouraged its sustenance.

The Nigerian Army, he reiterated, will continue to work tirelessly with other security agencies not only in Ondo state, but the entire country.

Addressing officers and soldiers of 32 Artillery Brigade, the COAS stated that the visit was aimed at familiarizing with the personnel and obtaining first hand information on their welfare and challenges.

He charged them to exhibit gallantry in the fight against banditry, insurgency and other sundry crimes.

He further urged troops to be committed, dedicated and professional during operations, reiterating the need to remain responsive and work as a team to maximize operational gains.

He admonished the troops to remain loyal to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the President, Commander-In-Chief.

The COAS assured the troops that their welfare is paramount to the NA.

He however, reiterated the zero tolerance posture of his command to acts of indiscipline.

General Yahaya also paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Ondo, Arakurin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) at the Governor’s office where he assured of the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the sustenance of peace and tranquility. The Governor was represented by the Deputy Governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

In a related development the COAS asserted that logistics remain a critical component in war, if decisive success must be achieved.

He said this during his remarks at the Combat Service Support Training Week 2021, held at Brigadier General KH Yakubu Officers’ Mess, Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport (NASST), Ugbowo, Benin City, Edo State.

The COAS further stated that experiences in the North East and other theatres of operations have sufficiently demonstrated that the need for essential logistics supplies in all forms of operations cannot be over emphasized, if operational success must be made.

In the same vein, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State re-affirmed the support of the Edo State Government for the Nigerian Army (NA), especially in light of the enormous and selfless sacrifices of troops, who put their lives in harm way, in order to foster peace progress and development in the country.

The governor made this declaration during the event while highlighting the State Government’s effort in the ongoing construction of a 20- room hostel accommodation for the NASST.

Also speaking at the event, the Commander Corps of Supply and Transport, Major General Bolaji Salami stated that the training week would afford the Combat Service Support Arms of the NA the opportunity to discuss topical issues that border on logistics and how best it could be streamlined in support of NA operations.

He thereafter urged the participants to come up with a robust logistics blueprint that would assist the NA in defeating its adversaries.


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