By Celestine Okafor (Editor-in-Chief/Defence Correspondent) @CeleOkaf11

Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Thursday, June 3, 2021, paid a courtesy call on the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya, at the Army Headquarters Abuja.

The governor solicited continuous synergy between the security agencies and critical stakeholders. He said this was necessary to consolidate on the gains made in improving the security situation in Kano State.

The Governor stated that the peace and security currently enjoyed in Kano State was made possible through the efforts of the Nigerian Army (NA) and other stakeholders. He reassured the Chief of Army staff of his continuous support to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in Kano State.

Governor Ganduje used the occasion of the visit to congratulate the Chief of Army Staff on his appointment and also to commiserate with the NA over the demise of Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 others who lost their lives in an air mishap in Kaduna. He prayed to the Almighty Allah to grant the Nigerian Army and their families the fortitude to bear the loss.

Responding, the COAS, Major General Farouk Yahaya, appreciated the Governor for the visit and thanked him for the concern he has shown over the demise of the late COAS and 10 others. He also thanked the Kano State Government for maintaining good synergy with the NA and other security agencies.

The Army Chief further reassured the Governor of the continuous support of the NA. He also used the visit to appreciate the Executive Governor for improving the Nigerian Army Training Area Falgore Forest infrastructure.

The Governor was accompanied on the visit by senior officials of the Kano State Government. Highlights of the visit were group photographs, exchange of souvenirs, and signing of visitors' register. NNL

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