The Executive 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 in the annals of the Nigerian Army (NA) history. He described him as a detribalized Nigerian and called for support for the NA. He made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on the COAS at Army Headquarters Abuja, today 15 June 2021.
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. He 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 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 on the relative peace enjoyed in 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. He observed that Ebonyi State under Governor Umahi has provided the much needed enabling environment for the NA to discharge its constitutional roles.
The COAS 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 South East Governors forum to promote peace in the region.
Director Army Public Relations
15 June 2021