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NIGERIAN ARMY STANDS OUT IN SUB SAHARAN REGION -GENERAL DAOUDA OF SENEGAL

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Top Bass of the Senegalese Armed Forces, Major General Elhadji Daouda Niang has noted the strategic role of the Nigerian Army (NA) in securing sub-Saharan Africa.

He made this submission when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya at the Army Headquarters, today 28 June, 2021.

In a Statement issued in in Abuja by the Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General ONYEMA NWACHUKWU

General Daouda said he was at the Army Headquarters to strengthen the cordial relationship between the NIGERIAN ARMY and Senegalese Army.

While congratulating the COAS on his appointment, the Inspector General of the |Senegalese Armed Forces also used the opportunity to condole with the NA and government of Nigeria over the demise of the Late COAS, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, who died alongside ten other personnel in the air mishap of 21 May, 2021.

He said the NA holds a strategic position in the security architecture of Africa and the West Africa sub region, having contributed immensely in sustaining peace in many African countries which has translated to sustainable development of the continent.

General Niang noted that Senegal and Nigeria have common security challenges, that require enhanced cooperation between the Armed Forces of both countries.

He assured NA of support and synergy in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgents and other security challenges facing the Sub-Saharan region.

Responding, the COAS, Major General Faruk Yahaya expressed appreciation to the Inspector General of the Senegalese Armed Forces for the visit. He further stated that it is heartwarming and a morale booster to the NA, noting that the visit will further strengthen the existing cordial relationship. He added that the collaboration will foster effective policing of the international borders towards checkmating the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

General Yahaya said both countries shared similar challenges, noting that the collaboration of the Armies of both countries will promote stability in the region. He called for
improved cooperation in the areas of training of personnel through exchange programmes

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Army Has No Desire To Truncate Nigeria’s Democracy — COAS

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, on Tuesday, restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend the nation’s choice of government, democracy.

Addressing participants at a seminar on career planning and management organised by the Army headquarters, the COAS said the Army has no plans to truncate democracy in the country.

He charged officers of the Nigerian Army to remain above board in the discharge of their professional duties.

“Permit me to seize this opportunity to reiterate that the Armed Forces of Nigeria, particularly the Nigerian Army has come to terms with the country’s choice of democracy as the preferred system of governance,” he said during his address to officers.

“We are therefore agents of democracy and have no desire to truncate it. The Nigerian Army will continue to defend our constitution and not suspend it for whatever reason.

“It is the duty of our elected leaders to lead while the military does its job as enshrined in our constitution. Nigerian Army personnel must therefore remain professional and be above board as they discharge their constitutional duties.”

The commitment by the COAS followed the series of putsches in West and Central Africa which have experienced at least seven military takeovers in the last four years.

Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and most recently, Niger Republic — all members of the Economic Community of Western African States ( ECOWAS) — have pulled out from the regional bloc in last four years. Outside of West Africa, Chad and Sudan also experienced military coups in 2021.

 

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Economic: Defence Chief Warns Coup Advocates

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The Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has warned against advocating for a coup due to economic hardship, emphasizing patience and the superiority of democracy.

He made this known on Thursday while speaking with journalists at the Nigerian Army 6 Division Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after commissioning some building projects.

General Musa urged individuals promoting military takeover to cease such statements.

The Chief of Defence Staff had earlier commissioned the newly constructed Entrance Gate and Officers Transit Accommodation at the 6 Division Headquarters.

Protests have occurred in Ogun, Oyo, Kano, Niger and some parts of the country in the last few weeks over the hardship experienced in the country as Nigerians lament food inflation, high cost of living, amongst other harsh living conditions occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy, forex crisis, amongst others.

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Security: Bill To Introduce State Police Scales Second Reading

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A Constitution Amendment Bill to introduce state police has scaled second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill, which was sponsored by 13 members of the House, enjoyed support from majority of the lawmakers in the green chamber who believed that concerns of political victimisation by state governors, should take the backseat to the current state of insecurity across the country.

Last week, President Bola Tinubu and 36 state governors considered the creation of state police as solution to the menacing security challenges like kidnapping and banditry ubiquitous in the country.

State police has been a subject of controversy since the Seventh National Assembly and has failed to make it through the amendment phase.

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had recently restated their position on state policing, as the solution to the country’s worsening security situation, lamenting that Nigeria is “almost on the road to Venezuela”.

Also, regional socio-political groups such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Middle Belt Forum, and the Northern Elders’ Forum, have repeatedly called for state police as solution the myriad of increasing security challenges confronting the nation.

Already, states in the South-West geopolitical zone have formed the Amotekun while their counterparts in the South-East also created state-owned security outfit Ebube Agu. The Benue Guards has also been operational in Benue State in the North Central while states like Katsina, Zamfara and other bandit-prone sub-nationals have also come up with similar state-established outfits.

However, these outfits have not been effective as anticipated as they don’t have the backing of the Federal Government or the Presidency while states continue to demand that Amotekun, Ebube Agu and others are granted license to bear assault rifles like AK-47 to confront lethal gun-toting marauders.

 

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