The Nigerian Army has been applauded for winning the war against insurgents despite all odds.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who was represented by the Director Civil-Military Affairs, Brigadier General Adesina Olusegun Gbenga, stated this during a special conferment of award given to Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai by the Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executive for Good Governance, COCMEGG, as the most distinguished Chief of Army Staff of the decade.
Brig. Gen Gbenga said the award was as a reason for the modest effort in the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the country as well as repositioning the Nigerian Army to be on track through focused and purposeful leadership.
He also said “the successes recorded so far in enhancing national security in terms of fighting insurgency, terrorism and other criminal activities would not have been possible without the support of the good people of Nigeria, the determination of the government, the media, civil society organizations and officers and men of the Nigerian Army in synergy with other security agencies.’’
Bri. Gen Gbenga also thank the organizers of the reception not only for the award but for their patriotism in supporting the Nigerian Army in the fight against insurgency, terrorism and other criminal activities in Nigeria.
The Director Civil-Military Affairs, Brigadier General Adesina Olusegun Gbenga further emphasised that the ongoing war against terrorism is a collective responsibility towards achieving the needed peace and unity in the country.
Bri. Gen Gbenga said, “the award is valued as a morale booster for the Nigerian Army not to relent in the discharge of its constitutional role towards enhancing sustainable peace in Nigeria”.
He said there is need for continuous partnership and cooperation among the media, civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, the security agencies and indeed the government itself to achieve the common targets and adjectives.
The President, Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executive for Good Governance, (COCMEGG), Mr Omoba Aigegbele said the Nigeria army has indeed, come a long way and the advent of the Boko Haram insurgents had also opened up a lot of issues about the strategic approach and the readiness of the military to combat war against insurgency.
Mr Aigegbele added that “the army has seen several Chiefs of Army Staff since the insurgency began but the coming of Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, as the Chief of Army Staff changed the tune of the war with his proactive leadership and forthrightness.’’
He said the Coalition of Civil Societies and Media Executive for Good Governance, (COCMEGG) is an umbrella body of over one hundred and fifty NGO’s, Civil Society Organizations, Activists and Media Executives, who over the years, have advocated transparency and good governance in Nigeria.