Tuesday 11th December 2018 will forever remain in the anal of history for 14 distinguished senior officers of Operation Lafiya Dole who benefited from the recent promotion exercise approved by the Army Council.
It was a colourful event at the Maimalari Cantonment Officers’ Mess, Maiduguri where officers from the 3 sectors combating insurgency were decorated with their new badges of Brigadier General.
The massive elevation for the officers in the theatre was in recognition and reward for dedicated service and resilience in the fight against insurgency in the North Eastern region of Nigeria.
The Theatre Commander (TC) Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Benson Akinroluyo who decorated most of the senior officers charged the newly promoted Generals to increase their dexterity in the fight against insurgency, stating that the best way to reciprocate the recognition and trust bestowed on them is to work harder for the collective goal of the operation.
Earlier the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 Operation Lafiya DoleA, Brigadier General Bulama Biu advised the celebrants to put on their thinking cap for strategic command, responsibilities and prompt critical decision making as the margins for error is almost zero.
The Commander 7 Division Supply and Transport, Brigadier General Chima Okafor who gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the decorated one star Generals thanked God Almighty for making the day possible.
He applauded the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai for finding them worthy of such prestigious elevation at this critical time in the fight against insurgency.
He promised their unalloyed loyalty, commitment to do more as expected in all assigned task that will be designated to them.
Amongst those decorated were Brigadier Generals Chima Solomon Okafor, Adekunle Adekeye, Ademola Taiwo Adedoja, Alechenu Mike Alechenu, Ibrahim Garba Lassa, Solomon Abidemi Alamu and Sani Abdullahi Gumel.
Others includes Brigadier Generals Valentine Uzochukwu Okoro, Olatokumbo Musiliu Bello, Abdulsalam Enesi Abubakar, Hamidu Ohimege Abubakar, Abubakar Hadejia Ahmed, Omotoso Jacob Ariyo and Brigadier General Ado Apollos Galadima.
Dignitaries who witnessed the occasion were the Commander Sector 2 and 3 of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maritime Component Commander, Chief of Staff Theatre Command, Heads of paramilitary security agencies in Borno state.
Others were members of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), unit commanders and principal staff officers at Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole and Headquarters 7 Division Nigerian Army amongst others.
Sani Kukasheka Usman
Director Army Public Relations