The new Commander of the 22 Armoured Brigade, Sobi barracks, Ilorin, Brigadier General Benjamin Sawyyer, has disclosed that the army will prevent any military-civilian face off in Kwara state, stressing that Ilorin remains a strategic town for peaceful co-existence in the nation.
Brigadier General Sawyyer gave the assurance when he paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, in his palace.
He noted that it became very important for him to visit the monarch before the commencement of his assignment as the new Brigade Commander so as to ensure a successful tenure.
Sawyerr stated that the army under his watch would further ensure that the boko haram sect from the north eastern states of the country did not find its feet in Kwara State.
He added that “there is no doubt that I owe the Ilorin community the gratitude for being what I am today, having attended Government Secondary School, Ilorin. It is therefore on this premise that I pledge my unalloyed loyalty and commitment to you, Your Royal Highness, and to the security of the people of Ilorin in particular and Kwara State as a whole by extension.
I will also ensure no military personnel clash with civilians in the community on no account. Kwara State is a peaceful place. Ilorin is also well known for that and we shall ensure that the peaceful and harmonious working relationship is sustained.”
In his response, the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, advised the new Brigade Commander to live by the culture and way of life of the people in the state, in order to achieve his target of providing security for lives and property.
He also described Brigadier General Sawyyer, as a lucky military officer for being transferred to the state in this critical period and prayed God would make his stay successful.