Nigeria’ll defeat insurgents, say Oshiomhole, Army chief
Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, have expressed confidence in the ability of the Nigerian Armed Forces to defeat insurgents.
They spoke at the weekend at the Nigerian Army Corps and School of Supply and Transport, Benin, the Edo State capital, at the inauguration of its remodelled Officers Mess, facilitated by the state government.
Oshiomhole said insurgency and other violent crimes are alien to Nigeria and would be defeated soon.
He said: “We in Edo State appreciate the sacrifices the men and officers are paying at this critical time of our history by dealing with new forms of crime that one never thought was possible in this country a couple of years back.
“We appreciate the will, the determination to confront the risk and to defeat them. I believe the Commander-in-Chief and our President Goodluck Jonathan is providing the leadership and the Nigeria Army is doing an excellent job in making a bold statement that these terrorists will be defeated. By the grace of God, Nigeria will be secured for generations yet unborn.
“I want to thank Mr President, who graciously approved the Army to support and compliment the efforts of the Nigerian Police. For us in Edo, the Nigeria Army is part and parcel of the community. Edo people are proud of the Nigerian Army and are proud of the contributions you are making to make Edo State safe.”
The governor thanked the Army for acknowledging the support of the state government.
He said: “Giving the support is one thing and making judicious use of it is another. I think the officers, who remodelled this building, have shown the capacity of the Nigerian Army to manage resources judiciously.”
Lt.-Gen. Minimah assured that the Army would overcome the present security challenges.
He said: “Let me reassure Nigerians that the current security challenges and other security challenges bedevilling the country are surmountable and will soon become a thing of the past. The Army will not relent until all forms of terrorism and criminal activities are driven out of our shores. We cannot, we must not, and we will not fail the nation.
“At this point, I want to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his untiring support of the Army and the Armed Forces. I equally thank our political leaders at all levels of government for their solidarity with the Army, particularly the Governor and people of Edo state.
“I want to thank the governor and people of Edo State, not only for this project but also for other interventions in the Army barracks in the state. I recall that just last June, the Edo State Government provided a commercial borehole and a 500KVA generator for Ekenhuan Barracks.
“This gesture and many other supports by the Edo State Government is deeply appreciated and worthy of every level of commendation. I call on other state governments to take a cue from the Edo State Government and support our troops to confront the current security challenges bedevilling our country.”
In a welcome address, Maj.-Gen. Nienge hailed Oshiomhole for his interest in the welfare of the officers and men of the Army in Edo State.
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