Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru to deploy his vast knowledge base in handling security challenges as well as his exposure towards restoring normalcy to the nation’s security environment.
Wike made the call when the Chief of Army Staff paid a maiden operational visit to the 6th division, Nigerian Army during which he paid a courtesy call on the governor.
While congratulating the COAS on his appointment, Governor Wike expressed confidence on Lt Gen Attahiru’s capability to tackle to current security situation bedeviling the nation.
“With your (COAS) exposure and rich knowledge base, I am optimistic that things will change in the nation’s security”.
He further pledged his support to 6 Division and the Nigerian Army in general.
The COAS appreciated the Governor for his efforts at ensuring peace in the state just as he thanked the Governor for his support to 6 Division.
He assured of his firm stance against all forms of criminalities and separatist groups in the state.
Meanwhile, as part of his familiarization visits to units and formations in the Nigerian Army 6 Division, , Lt Gen Attahiru charged the officers and soldiers to key into his vision to have “A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment.”
The COAS while addressing officers in the Division conference hall, reiterated the key cardinals of his Command Philosophy which are Readiness, Loyalty to the Commander in Chief and to the Nation by extension, Dependable, which is to accomplish all tasks in line with the Norms and Core values of the Nigerian Army and continuous development.
He stated that development especially in leadership is one which officers cannot do without as they are Commanders at various levels they find themselves.
He further enjoined Commanders and subordinates not to engage in any form of illegal duties as he will not tolerate such actions.
The COAS also visited 6 Division and Land Component Soldiers of Operation Delta Safe at 29 Battalion parade ground Port Harcourt Barracks where he assured troops of his readiness to properly address all the challenges they are facing and further disclosed that the GOC had already briefed him on some of the challenges which he assured them would be addressed in due time.
He urged them to remain loyal and professional in the discharge of their duties and emphasized his readiness to commend outstanding soldiers, as well as punish those found wanting.
Highlights of the visit was a ground breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of 29 Battalion soldiers’ accommodation block which was razed down in an unfortunate fire incident some time ago.
The Chief of Army Staff was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Military Intelligence, Brig Gen Abdurahman Kuliya, Director Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Muhammed Yerima, Provost Marshal, Brig Gen Olatunji Olayinka, the Chief of Staff to the COAS, Brig Gen MI Abdulkadir and other Principal Staff Officers of Headquarters 6 Division among whom were the Commander 6 Division Garrison, Brig Gen Tayo Adio, all Commanders of 6 Division affiliated formations/units and Sector Commanders, Operations Delta Safe.