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* Advocates Support For Nigerian Army

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

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr David Nweze Umahi, has congratulated the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya, on his appointment as the 22nd COAS, describing him as a detribalized Nigerian.

Umahi made the remarks on Tuesday June 15, 2021, when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) at Army Headquarters Abuja. He called for the support of the Army.

The governor stated that the nation is passing through a challenging moment that requires stakeholders to maximally support the security agencies. He warned that Nigerians must desist from playing politics with the security of the Nation.

Umahi applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Major General Faruk Yahaya to lead the NA to greatness. He further stated that with the pedigree of the COAS whom he said is a detribalized Nigerian, a professional and an intelligent officer whose services are needed to secure the country at a time sponsors of hate speeches are unmindful of our collective national interest. He reassured the COAS of the Ebonyi State Government's support in the task of securing the Nation.

Governor Umahi further reiterated that constant cooperation and assistance of the NA and other security agencies will consolidate the relative peace enjoyed in the Ebonyi state and the nation at large.

"We must stand United and support the NA in all their activities", he said while paying tributes to the late COAS, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, and other fallen heroes.

In his remarks, the COAS thanked the Governor for the kind gesture displayed in condoling with the NA over the demise of the late COAS. He further stated that the NA and Ebonyi State have a long-standing relationship that must be sustained for mutual benefits. Gen. Yahaya observed that Ebonyi State under Governor Umahi has provided the much-needed enabling environment for the NA to discharge its constitutional roles.

The COAS also reassured the Governor that the NA will not relent in its efforts in maintaining peace in Ebonyi and other states in the region. He urged the governor to use his position as Chairman southeast Governors forum to promote peace in the region. NNL.

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