By Augustine Ehikioya
Towards securing the Nation, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has assured that the Nigerian Army (NA) will continue to strengthen its partnership with Nigerians.
He gave the assurance when he paid homage to the Otaru of Auchi Sacred Kingdom, His Royal Highness (HRH), Alhaji Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA), the COAS also expressed appreciation to the royal father for his support to the Nigerian Army.
General Yahaya in the statement said that “the NA will continue to leverage on partnership with critical stakeholders for the sustenance of peace and security.”
Welcoming the COAS to his palace, Alhaji Aliru Momoh assured the COAS of the continuous support of his kingdom to the NA, in pursuit of its constitutional mandate.
He prayed for divine guidance for the Nation, the COAS and the NA in all its engagements.
While in Auchi, the COAS, according to the statement, commissioned the newly constructed Nigerian Army School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NASEME) Multipurpose Hall and the student officers’ hostel of the school.
He later declared the maiden Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (NAEME) Research and Development Seminar 2022 open.
General Yahaya commended the Corps for the maintenance of NA equipment, despite challenges associated with sourcing of spares.
He also extolled the ongoing efforts by the Corps to locally produce Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher tubes, Anti-Aircraft guns, and fabrication of spare parts for the NA.