Military Operations In Nigeria  Beyond Traditional Warding Off  Threat – GOC 2Div

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Bamidele Alabi on Tuesday,  said the current military operation in the country has gone beyond the traditional warding off of threat of some aggressors 
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun with other top officers of the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, the GOC disclosed that the Nigerian Army now work more with the people for effective result in combating security challenges in the country
Major General Alabi pointed out that the current military operation in the country has gone beyond the traditional warding off of threat of some aggressors as the country now has enemies living within the people, employing terrorism and other vices. 
He maintained that Nigerian Army has changed tactics, by engaging in training to deliver effectively, adding that by this, they work more with the people because of the need for intelligence gathering to tackle the problem.
The GOC described the 2 Div as historic division to protect Nigerians and Ibadan very strategic place by virtue of its historical history and population size as the division had over the years been enjoying good and cordial relationship with the people, saying “Ibadan people are loving and peaceful.
“We are leveraging on that and work with others to be able to deliver on our core mandate of securing our land and our people. We are appreciative of the support of His Imperial Majesty for the Nigerian Army through the Division and urge for more and that of the other critical stakeholders just as I promise that we won’t relent on giving out best”, he said.
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Balogun while hosting the GOC tasked the 2Div, Nigerian Army to collaborate with other security agencies in the state to ensure that the peace being enjoyed in the state remains enduring and unruptured. 
Oba Balogun while peaking through his Bobajiro and the former Head of Service (HoS) in Oyo State, Chief Tajudeen Aremu, Oba Balogun said Oyo State capital had been peaceful by the grace of God, but not without some skirmishes, adding that these skirmishes included the menace of land grabbing and that the GOC should collaborate with other sister agencies, including Amotekun to address the problem, adding, “the peace being enjoyed needs to be strengthened by addressing any identified threat. 
“In doing this, I’m of the opinion that it needs concerted efforts, the joining of hands of all the security agencies. We all know the importance and strategic position of Ibadan in both the politics and security of the country. With peace in Ibadanland, you can be rest assured that there’s peace in Yorubaland and in Nigeria just as any threat to peace and security in the land is capable of snowballing to other parts of the country”.

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