Dr. Bello Matawalle, the state minister for defense, has directed recently promoted top Nigerian Army officers to lead by example and step up their efforts to combat insecurity, particularly in the country’s problematic North West.
The Minister gave the charge at the investiture ceremony of 47 recently promoted Brigadier Generals to the rank of Major General at the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess 1, Asokoro, Abuja, according to a release from Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director, Army Public Relations.
The minister of defense said in a statement that their promotion was a result of their bravery, commitment to duty, and hard work. He also said that it was a reward for their devotion, professionalism, and selfless efforts.
In order to overcome the nation’s security difficulties, he emphasized that the recently promoted senior officers must set an example for their subordinates, motivate them, and work in tandem with other security agencies.
The minister praised the senior officers’ remarkable leadership abilities, astute strategic thinking, and breadth of expertise throughout their careers, as well as the rigorous selection process that went into choosing them.
He expressed confidence in their continued commitment to the country and acknowledged the vital contributions they have made to the Army.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s representative, Matawalle, congratulated the top commanders and gave his word that the Federal Government would continue to assist the Nigerian Armed Forces and provide sufficient welfare interventions.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, congratulated the recently promoted senior officers on their well-earned promotion and stated in his remarks during the investiture that their skills, diligence, and loyalty were the reasons behind their promotion.
He was grateful to the wives and families of the higher ranking senior officers for their comprehension, assistance, and ability to deal with the absence of parents, from whom they were frequently separated due to duty in the fatherland.
The Chief of Army Staff emphasized that every employee should supplement their career path and reminded the recently promoted senior officers of the great responsibility that come with their new position.
As he charged the senior officer to uphold the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s constitution, he also exhorted them to be rational and impartial in their contributions to the Army and to continuously seek knowledge of diplomatic, economic, and political dynamics.