Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. -Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Wednesday, visited the Headquarters 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The visit was part of the COAS’s familiarisation visits to formations in the Nigerian Army.
While there, the Army Chief charged officers and soldiers of the Division to key into his vision. In his words, “A Nigerian Army that is Repositioned to Professionally Defeat all Adversaries in a Joint Environment.”
The COAS arrived Headquarters 6 Division, Nigerian Army, in company of the General Officer Commanding, 6 Division, Nigerian Army and Land Component Commander, Operation DELTA SAFE, Maj. -Gen. Sanni Gambo Mohammed, where he inspected Quater Guard organised by personnel of the Nigerian Air Force.
On ground at the Division’s Headquarters were the Chief of Staff of the Division, Commissioner of Police in the State, Director of Department of State Service as well as Principal Staff of the Division.
The Chief was briefed at the Division’s Operations Room by the General Officer Commanding.
The COAS, while addressing officers in the Division’s Conference Hall, reiterated the key cardinals of his Command’s 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 could not 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 COAS 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 emphasised 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 by paying a courtesy visit to the Governor of the State, Barr. 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 the current security situation bedeviling the Nation.
Governor Wike added that with the COAS’ exposure and rich knowledge base, he is optimistic that things will change in the Nation’s security.
The governor 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 among whom were the Commander 6 Division Garrison, Brig. -Gen. Tayo Adio, all Commanders of 6 Division affiliated formations/units and Sector Commanders, Operations DELTA SAFE.