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Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Farouk Yahaya, has expressed profound appreciation to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu for his support and cooperation with the Nigerian Army in the effective discharge of its responsibilities in the state and beyond.
This was conveyed to Governor Ugwuanyi by the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Umar Musa, when he visited the governor at the Government House, Enugu, on Monday to officially inform him of his assumption of duty in the state as the new GOC.
Musa said the COAS was impressed with the way Governor Ugwuanyi cooperates and supports the soldiers to discharge their duties in Enugu State.
The new GOC added that his predecessor, Taoreed Lagbaja, also briefed him on the level of Ugwuanyi’s support, cooperation and commitment to the Nigerian Army, stressing the commendations were corroborated by the Garrison Commander, M. K. Ibrahim. He pointed out that Enugu is a peaceful state, and assured the governor he is in the state to ensure it remains peaceful and “that the entire southeastern states are safe and peaceful.”
The new GOC, who stated that the 82 Division in Enugu comprises six states, including Cross River, explained that the courtesy visit to Ugwuanyi was the first since he assumed duty before he embarks on a tour of other states.
Commending Governor Ugwuanyi for his sustained hospitality, support and cooperation to the Nigerian Army, Musa assured the governor that, “it is my mandate to ensure everywhere is peaceful and I will do my best to ensure the southeastern states, particularly Enugu is peaceful.’
Welcoming the new GOC, Governor Ugwuanyi reiterated his administration’s commitment to the security and welfare of the people as the primary purpose of government in line with the constitution of Nigeria. Pointing out that when there is peace, there is development and the governor maintained that he is interested in everything concerning the military and other security agencies. He recognised the contributions of past GOCs he had worked with in Enugu as well as the professionalism being displayed by the Nigeria Army in the discharge of its duties and assured the new GOC of the cooperation and support of the state government.