The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, yesterday sought the support and cooperation of retired Army officers on the best ways to improve on the various Nigeria Army’s operations in line with international best practices.
COAS made the solicitation at the 2022 reunion and pulling out ceremony of 45 retired senior Armour Corps officers organised by the Nigerian Army, Armoured Corps, Bauchi.
The Army boss also called for relentless efforts on the part of Army officers and men in operational theatres, adding that they must exhibit professionalism always by conforming with extant rules of engagement and standing orders in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities.
Yahaya, who was represented by the Commander, Corps of Infantry, Major General Tari-Timiye Gagariga, said the event came at a time when the army was involved in a number of operations across the country in which the Armoured Corps remained a key player in the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, among others security challenges the country was currently facing.
According to him, the theme of the event, “Harnessing the combat power of the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps in defeating present and future threats within a joint environment”, was in consonance with his vision and determination to develop a highly professional Army capable of conducting operations in a joint environment without any hindrance.
“The Armoured Corps has remained the key players in the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping among other forms of insecurity across the nation with remarkable success. The success is as a result of the support of President Muhammadu Buhari to reinvigorate the Army through the modernisation process,” General Yahaya said.
“I will continue to support the Corps to achieve the desired goal and to collectively surmount the present and future security challenges and I enjoined the serving officers to use the avenue to interact with the very senior officers to tap from their wealth of experience.”
The Army chief emphasised the need for the Armoured Corps to continue to collaborate with other security agencies with a view to tackling the various security challenges bedevilling the country.
Speaking at the event, Governor Mohammed, who was represented by his Deputy, Senator Baba Tela, commended the Army for its efforts in tackling insecurity in the country.
According to the governor, the various deployments of army personnel in tackling insecurity in various parts of the country had started yielding positive results.
Mohammed then assured the Nigeria Army and other security agencies of his administration’s continued support.