Army Chief urges strong inter-agency bond in Niger Delta

Eme Offiong, Calabar

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, M; Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel and Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai during the State Banquet at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai says strong inter-agency cooperation was essential to improving peace and security particularly in the Niger Delta and North East regions.

Lieutenant General Buratai made the assertion during a state banquet organized for him by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in Port Harcourt City.

The Army Chief, who thanked the government and people of Rivers State in southern Nigeria for the honour accorded him, assured that the newly established 6 Division of the Nigerian Army was to provide maximum security for the core states within the region.

He said “security is a collective responsibility. We must work together to achieve the best results. Therefore, strong  inter-agency cooperation is vital to improving security. I also assure you that the 6 Division is here to stay. We intend to provide the states in this region with maximum security of lives and property.”

In a remark at the banquet, Governor Nyesom Wike urged Nigerians to support the Armed Forces to effectively fight criminality, noting that insecurity affects all persons irrespective of political affiliation.

Governor Wike said “everybody must join hands to fight crime and insecurity. This is because insecurity has no political affiliation. When there is no peace, there will be no good governance. When there is insecurity, the revenue of the state will be negatively affected.”

He commended security agencies for efforts to ensure the security of lives and property of residents and the business community in Rivers State.

“I commend the Chief of Army Staff for achieving this great feat of bringing the Boko Haram insurgency to the barest minimum,” he said.

Similarly, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Dr. Udom Emmanuel commended the military for their dedicated service to the nation and the Niger Delta region specifically.

Traditional dancers, comedians and other artist entertained the Chief of Army Staff, top army officers, the political class and a cross section of the people of Rivers State.