Chief of Army Staff
OpenLife Nigeria reports that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has harped on the need for continuous capacity development amongst personnel of the Nigerian Army. He said this is necessary in line with his vision to adequately and timely confront the security challenges bedeviling the nation.
General Yahaya stated this on Wednesday 12 January, 2022, while commissioning the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command (NACWC) Off Grid Solar Farm, during his maiden visit to the Command at Giri, Abuja. While noting that the adversaries have also extended their nefarious activities to the cyber domain, the COAS emphasized that for the Command to effectively achieve its mandate, there was need for alternative power source, hence the execution of the project.
The COAS expressed satisfaction with the project and seized the opportunity to communicate with troops in the North East theatre of operations, through their Command and Control Centres. He commended them for their resilience and doggedness in the ongoing counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.
Earlier, Major General Abubakar Adamu expressed appreciation to the COAS for his support to the command, particularly for the timely provision of funds for the completion of the Solar Farm. This he said, has boosted the morale of the personnel and will further enhance the operational capability of the command.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has emphasized that the media plays key role in the success or otherwise of military operations and therefore remains an indispensable partner of the Nigerian Army. Gen Yahaya stated this today, Thursday 13 January 2022, when he hosted the Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of Sun Publishing Limited, Mr Onuoha Ukeh and his management team at the Army Headquarters.
The COAS maintained that support and sacrifices of the media in the fight against insurgency and banditry are well noted and highly appreciated. He pointed out that expectations of the NA are that the media will continue to support the efforts of the military, as part of their patriotic duty, by giving publicity to troops’ operations, which he said, will undoubtedly shore up troops’ morale and fighting will.
General Yahaya disclosed that insurgents and bandits thrive on the publicity they get from a section of the media, noting that if their activities are denied media publicity, fifty percent of the military’s job would have been done.
The COAS thanked the Editor-in-Chief and his mangement team for the courtesy visit and appreciated the media for their commitment and support.
In his remarks, the CEO of Sun Publishing Limited Mr Onuoha Ukeh, lauded the NA for its efforts and sacrifices towards stamping out terrorism, banditry and sundry violent crimes in the country.
He noted that the command style of the COAS and synergy with sister services and other security agencies have changed the dynamics of military operations, especially in the north east, where elements of Boko Haram fighters are surrendering to the troops in droves.
He promised continued support and collaboration of Sun Newspapers with the Nigerian Army.