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COAS warns against truncating democracy; Says Nigerian Army will never tolerate any act of destabilization against present dispensation; Want’s Army Generals to desist from hobnobbing with Politicians

We are aware that Military officers are being approached but our eyes are on them – Buratai

The Nigerian Army on Friday decorated 39 newly promoted Major Generals, with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai vowing that the Nigerian Army will never tolerate any agent of destabilization bent on scuttling the present democratic dispensation.

Buratai said, “Democracy has come to stay. We will not tolerate any agent of destabilization. The years of military misadventure in politics has never carried us anywhere. It is over.

Disclosing that the Army hierarchy was aware of some interest making efforts to interact with certain personnel, General Buratai expressed confidence in the discipline and loyalty of the newly decorated officers.

He said, “Do not hobnob with politicians. At this rank of two star generals, do not lobby for appointment. If you want to lobby for appointment, lobby the Chief of Army Staff and you can only do this through hard work, discipline and loyalty.

“The crop of officers (39 Major Generals) decorated today will never be dragged into any interest that is contrary to the sustenance of democracy in our nation”.

“All our eyes are on you. We know there are several moves to get your attention. You must make sure that whatever you are doing, and when some persons approach you, you must act within the confines of the constitution.

On the security challenges plaguing the nation, Gen Buratai said, “I am glad that we held the Spiritual Warfare Seminar on Wednesday and most of the decorated Generals today are graduates of the Spiritual Warfare Seminar.

“I must say that the Spiritual Warfare Seminar we had last time, helped us during the last ENDSARS protest to the extent that there was no single corpse (dead body), but some persons were seeing double at Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State”.

Continuing Buratai said, “We will continue to protect every law abiding Nigerian anywhere in the country and we will do that in accordance to the rules of engagement and confines of the constitution.

To officers and Soldiers, the COAS said, “The next most important appointment after the Chief of Army Staff is that of the General Officer’s Commanding the divisions; the GOC must see himself as that repository of discipline, loyalty and regimentation. We shall work had to ensure we improve the welfare of our troops.

“Towards this end, I am considering more empowerment to the GOCs to make sure that you (GOCs) administer and motivate your formations and more effectively.

“There is more work to be done in the theatres of operation but by and large I want to say there is tremendous improvement in countering insecurity. We must maintain our new tempo that is working. I believe that in the not too distant future, the new strategies will be successful.

In his address, Guest of Honour and Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd) corroborated the comments of the Chief of Policy and Plans, Army, Lt. Gen LO Adeosun who said God-fatherism and lobbying for appointments and promotions was affecting the operations of the Nigerian Army.

The minister said, “We should try and see that we eliminate God Fatherism. There is no need to have short cut in life. Go with the advice of hard work, Loyalty and discipline so that when it comes to any promotion board, you don’t need to lobby anybody.

To the officers he said, “Now, you can’t hide anymore under your GOC or TRADOC Commander or NDA Commandant. You are wearing this new rank because you have worked hard. The 39 0f you have merited it. I have seen your records. Ensure that according to your Chief (COAS), you don’t sacrifice discipline and loyalty.

Continuing, the minister said the Ministry of Defence has recently approved the deployment of some newly acquired hardware and platforms towards checkmating the current security challenges in the country adding that the MOD is also committed to reforming the armed forces of Nigeria.

Earlier, the Chief of Policy and Plans, Army, Lt. Gen Lamidi Adeosun congratulated the new Major Generals saying, “You are now decision makers and mentors. As two star generals, your advice must lead to proper decision making because from now, everything you do officially and even unofficially is important to the nation.

“You cannot afford to make careless mistakes. Mentoring is seriously lacking these days. What we have is God fatherism in the system and this involves cutting corners which affects the system. God fatherism does not work. It destroys the system. A mentee will lead you the right way. You are to guide well and professionally.

“It is common to see some officers coming to say my person is posted to so and so place, help me change it. The person that has been there is he not one of us. This will destroy the system because somebody must be posted there.”

Present at the occasion were the Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, Chief of Defence Intelligence, AVM MS Usman among others.

Officers decorated include Major General Kamal Ishola Yusuf, Major General John Ochefu Ochai, Major General Tokunbo Fayemiwo, Major General Hussaini Ahmed, Major General Baba Umoru Yahaya, Major General Abdullahi Ndalolo, Major General Akomaye Udondehi, Major General Abdul Khalifa Ibrahim, Major General Nosakhare Ugbo, Major General Jubril Fagge, Major Gen Tonye Nugbere, Major General Chika Eze, Major General Aminu Bande Abubakar Sadiq Ndalolo, Hussaini Ahmed, Maj Gen IM Jallo, Maj Gen Abubakar Rabe and Uhoma Chibuisi

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