By Frank Oshanugor
The newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Faruk Yahaya on Monday unveiled his vision for the Nigerian Army (NA) anchoring it on “A professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions Within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria.”
He made the disclosure while addressing senior Army leadership comprising Principal Staff Officers and Field Commanders of the Nigerian Army.
The COAS pointed out that his appointment came at a time when the NA lost its former COAS Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru who died in a plane crash along with 10 other officers. He described the late COAS as a big brother, a brilliant officer and a mentor as well as a guardian who has shown exemplary leadership in his brief stay in office. He assured of his desire to continue on the good foot prints of the deceased General.
The Army Boss said his “vision is channeled towards defeating all security challenges presently confronting the Nigerian Nation in collaboration with sister services and other security agencies.”
On his mission, the COAS said he will command the NA to win all land battles in defence of the territorial integrity of Nigeria, protect her national interests and accomplish assigned tasks in aid of civil authority among other responsibilities.
The COAS pledged the unalloyed commitment and loyalty of the NA to the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces while assuring all officers and men of exemplary and professional leadership that would serve as a rallying point for all. “The NA under my command will discharge its duties with diligence, commitment and loyalty to the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Mohammadu Buhari’’ he said.
In attendance were Principal Staff Officers, Corps Commanders, General Officers Commanding, Operational Commanders, Directors and Heads of various NA Establishments.