The All Progressives Congress (APC) has charged the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, to consolidate on successes recorded against insurgents and other criminal activities in the country.
The National Secretary of APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. James Akpanudoedehe gave the charge in a statement in Abuja while welcoming the new COAS.
Yahaya replaced Ibrahim Attahiru, his predecessor who along side 10 other military officers died in a military plane crash on May 21 in Kaduna while on official assignment.
“The APC welcomes President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice and appointment of Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya as the new COAS.
“On behalf of the National Chairman of the party’s CECPC, Gov. Mai Mala Buni, we urge the new COAS to consolidate on the successes recorded by the military in tackling all security threats in the country,” he said.
He added that this could be achieved and deepened through increased collaboration among the security services and communities.
He called for more vigilance and increased cooperation and support through sharing information to pave way for faster mopping up of the remnants of the insurgents and ending banditry and kidnapping in parts of the country.
Akpanudoedehe stressed that the Buhari-led administration had prioritised the provision of more and advanced equipment for the country’s armed forces.
This, he said, had enhanced their operational capability against elements posing threats to the country’s internal security.
He described the new COAS as a battlefield commander with considerable experience.
He expressed optimism that as COAS, Yahaya would lead a thoroughly professional, adequately equipped and highly motivated officers and troops in their duty of protecting the country’s territorial integrity.
“We are confident that the new COAS will repose the president’s confidence in him by doing everything to stem the tide of insecurity.
“The success of the military is our collective success as a party and nation,” Akpanudoedehe said.
He congratulated Yahaya on his new appointment and wished him success in his job, which he described as important and strategic national assignment.
The new COAS was born on Jan. 5, 1966, in Sifawa, Bodinga Local Government Area of Sokoto State, and had held several appointments, including Staff Operational and Command.
Yahaya, who is a member of the 37 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), started his cadet training on Sept. 27, 1985.
He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army Infantry Corps on Sept. 22, 1990.
Until his appointment as the COAS, Yahaya was the Theatre Commander Operation, responsible for Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations of the military in the North East.(NAN)