*Receives new GOC 2 Div.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has charged the Nigerian Army to stay true to their military calling and protect the nation’s democracy.
The governor said this while receiving the new General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major-General Valentine Okoro, at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
According to the governor the Nigerian military should guard the nation’s democracy and stay true to their military calling by being professional and maintaining the nation’s territorial integrity.
” I won’t end my speech without thanking the Nigerian Army, leadership, officers and men for looking after our democracy. You have to stay true to your calling, which is to be professional and maintain territorial integrity of this country”, he said.
Governor Makinde added, ” I know it is a challenging period; we have issues that we are currently into as a country. Price of PMS has doubled because of the removal of subsidy. So, there is no doubt that we are in a difficult period but democracy must be guarded and I believe the country will also pass through this phase successfully.”
The governor stressed that officers and the men of the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, have been contributing to ensuring the security of lives and properties of residents of Oyo state, saying officers and men of the Army, especially those of the 2 Division Ibadan, have been contributing to keeping Oyo State safe and secure and their professionalism and dedication to duty have never been in doubt.
“I want to welcome the GOC to our state. Again, I will always appreciate the Nigerian Army but, especially, our officers and men of the 2 Division for your contribution to keeping us safe and secure in Oyo State”.
Gov Makinde maintained with the concerted efforts of all security agencies and the cooperation of the officers and men of the Division, his administration has been able to stay on top of many security challenges including kidnapping, banditry and other crimes, adding, “I am glad that you have been able to establish the fact that there is a cordial relationship between the officers and men of the Division, especially those staying in the state and the populace”
” I want to take this opportunity to thank you and ask that we maintain that relationship.Since I became governor, the professionalism and dedication to duty of the Division has not been in doubt. We have had challenges, carried out joint clearance operations with my team and other security agencies in Oyo State, especially in the Old Oyo National Park area and we have been largely successful.
In his address, the GOC, Major-General Okoro the stable security experienced in the state is as a result of the cordial relationship between the government and the Nigerian Army and that the Army would not relent in its core mandate and commitment to improving on the security environment in the state by taking firm positions so as to address violence and criminality.
“I have interacted with my commanders on the ground and I have established that a firm, warm and cordial relationship exists among the state, the government and the residents of the state as well as the Nigerian Army. I am very happy about this and wish to express my appreciation to His Excellency because of the warm relationship, which to me, is responsible for the stable security environment we are experiencing in Oyo State”, he said.
Major General Okoro added, ” We want to assure you, the governor and the good people of Oyo State, that the Nigerian Army is committed to improving the security environment in the state.”