The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya has admonished Nigerian Army troops to remain resolute and focused in the discharge of their constitutional mandate to defend the territorial integrity of the nation and protect the citizenry in the conduct of ongoing Internal Security Operations across the country.
The COAS handed down the admonition at Uyo, while addressing troops during his operational tour of 2 Brigade Area of Responsibility (AOR) on Tuesday March 8.
The Army Chief was on arrival, received and briefed by the Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Mohammed Inuwa, on the security situation in the general area.
Lt. Gen. Yahaya pointed out that electoral activities would soon commence around the country and warned that troops must avoid being dragged into any form of politicking.
He emphasized the role of troops during elections, as that of supporting the Nigeria Police, which is the lead agency in the security architecture of elections. Gen Yahaya called on the troops to vigorously protect national economic assets by checking the activities of criminals and economic saboteurs, who are hell bent on sabotaging the oil and gas sector of the nation’s economy.
Gen. Yahaya assured the troops that their administrative and operational challenges will receive due and prompt attention, adding that the welfare of personnel is paramount in his command.
During the operational tour, the COAS inspected ongoing projects in the new barracks under construction at Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of the State.
The Army Chief also visited 6 Battalion Headquarters at Ibagwa in Abak Local Government Area of the state, where he also interacted with officers and soldiers of the Battalion.
On his entourage were the Chief of Operations (Army), Maj. Gen. Olufemi Akinjobi, the General Officer Commanding 6 Division Maj. Gen. Olufemi Oluyede, the Provost Marshal(Army), Maj. Gen. Robert Aiyenigba, the Chief of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Salihu and the Chief of Staff to the COAS, Brig. Gen. Aminu Umar.