The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Nigerian Army (NA), Lieutenant General Tukur Y. Buratai has assured residents and visitors to any part of the South-Eastern Nigeria of their safety.
Buratai speaking after being decorated with Students Union Government (SUG) 2018 Leadership Award by the SUG leadership of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu, Enugu State.
The COAS represented by the General Commanding Officer, 82 Division, Enugu, Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk noted that the place of the southeast to the economic growth of the country is strategic and stated that the resolve of the NA, 82 Division to ensure that there was peace and adequate security in areas under the command is to ensure that the people of the zone and visitors including investors do their business and go about their lawful duties without any fear of intimidation or harassment by any group of persons.
Kabuk who thanked the Executive members of the SUG, IMT for the award, which he attributed to the three key concepts of the COAS’s vision for the NA; Proactiveness, Professionalism and working within the ambit of the Constitution of Nigeria, stated that the award further prove that commitment and sacrifice of the COAS and his men to keep Nigeria safe is being noticed by Nigerians.
According to the 82 Division GOC, “the COAS has earned many local and international awards and honours based on his remarkable achievements and effectiveness in the command of the NA”.
“This award is a further substantiation of the merits of the numerous awards granted to the COAS by several local and International organizations for his purposeful leadership to the NA”.
“His vision is the driving force for the entire NA, and all of us (in uniform) here, get inspiration from the prolific and purposeful leadership of the COAS”, he further stated.
He assured the students and members of the public of the resolve of the NA represented by 82 Division to providing security in the South Eastern part of Nigeria.
He urged the students’ union leaders to lead their colleagues aright, create avenues for shaping fellow students and other Nigerians for productive future engagements for the benefits of the nation
Earlier in his speech, IMT SUG President of the union, Comrade Monday Diamond while presenting the award to Kabuk, described Lt. Gen. Buratai as a dispassionate and highly professional senior military officer working for the interests of Nigerians irrespective of religious, ethnic or political affiliation.
Diamond who largely attributed the peace been enjoyed in the South East Zone to the concerted efforts of the security agencies, especially the Nigerian Army under the “dynamic, resourceful and purposeful” leadership of the COAS.
According to him, “This award is devoid of tribal, religious or political undercurrent. It is hinged purely on duty, honour and service to our dear country Nigeria.”
“The COAS General Buratai has so far, exceptionally demonstrated these sterling qualities as a military leader in Nigeria, especially in the fight against terrorism and other assorted security threats across the Nation.
“This award is simply to encourage him and the NA which he effectively commands to do more especially now that the 2019 general elections are by the corner’’, he added.
Buratai was honoured by the student union for being one of the “Most Proactive COAS in Nigeria’s recent history.”
The award given to Buratai, was according to the student leadership, in recognition of his uncommon commitment, loyalty and sacrifices to the nation.