Army Chief pays maiden visit to Headquarters in Port Harcourt
Nokai Origin, Abuja
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru paid his maiden Operational visit to Headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, where he charged the officers and soldiers to key into his vision to have “A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment.”
A statemnent by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima said the visit is part of his familiarization tour of units and formations in the Nigerian Army.
The statement further said the COAS who arrived the headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army in company of the General Officer Commanding 6 Division Nigerian Army and Land Component Commander, Operation Delta Safe, Major General Sanni Gambo Mohammed, inspected Quarter guard Organized by personnel of the Nigerian Air Force.
Also at the Division’s Headquarters during the arrival were the chief of Staff of the Div, commissioner of police ,Director state security service as well as principal staff of the Division. The Chief was later briefed at the Division’s Operations room, by the General Officer Commanding.
The COAS while addressing officers in the Division conference hall, reiterated the key cardinals of his Command Philosophy which are Readiness, Loyalty to the Commander in Chief and to the Nation by extension, Dependable, which is to accomplish all tasks in line with the Norms and Core values of the Nigerian Army and continuous development.
He stated that development especially in leadership is one which officers cannot do without as they are Commanders at various levels they find themselves. He further enjoined Commanders and subordinates not to engage in any form of illegal duties as he will not tolerate such actions.
The Army Chief also visited 6 Division and Land Component Soldiers of OPERATION DELTA SAFE at 29 Battalion parade ground Port Harcourt Barracks. In his address to the troops on parade, he assured them of his readiness to properly address all the challenges they are facing and further disclosed that the GOC had already briefed him on some of the challenges which he assured them would be addressed in due time.
He urged them to remain loyal and professional in the discharge of their duties and emphasized his readiness to commend outstanding soldiers, as well as punish those found wanting.
Highlights of the visit was a ground breaking ceremony for the reconstruction of 29 Battalion soldiers’ accommodation block which was razed down in an unfortunate fire incident some time ago.
The COAS ended his tour with a courtesy visit to the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Nyesom Wike at Government House Port Harcourt, where he appreciated the Governor for his efforts at ensuring peace in the state.
He further thanked the Governor for his support to 6 Division, his firm stance against all forms of criminalities and separatist groups in the state.
The Governor in his remarks congratulated the COAS on his appointment and expressed confidence on Lt Gen Attahiru’s capability to tackle to current security situation bedeviling the nation.
He added that with the COAS’ exposure and rich knowledge base, he is optimistic that things will change in the nation’s security. He further used the visit to pledge his support to 6 Division and the Nigerian Army in general.
The Chief of Army Staff was accompanied on the visit by the Chief of Military Intelligence, Brig Gen Abdurahman Kuliya, Director Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Muhammed Yerima, Provost Marshal, Brig Gen Olatunji Olayinka, the Chief of Staff to the COAS, Brig Gen MI Abdulkadir and other Principal Staff Officers of Headquarters 6 Division.