…says Oyo Govt’ll continue to support Army
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, declared that the level of professionalism and nationalism being displayed by the Nigerian Army while on the election and other political assignments within the country, showed that there is still hope for the country.
He noted that the Army has, by its recent conduct, proven its mettle as a nationalistic institution.
The governor stated this during the commissioning of the 2 Division Officers’ Transit Camp at the Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Odogbo, Ibadan.
According to him, the recent challenges between security agencies and the public has made it clear that it is only through professionalism that such challenges can be surmounted.
He expressed delight and congratulated the GOC, 2 Div, Major Anthony Omozoje, and Army Engineers on the completion of the transit accommodation for personnel posted to the Division, which, he described, as laudable, adding that going by his experience with projects executed by Army engineers, he rests, assured that the project would last.
He added that he is always happy to associate with the Army or any other body providing infrastructure development services in Oyo State because it is about the development of the state and its people.
The governor urged the leadership of the Army to continue to speak and act against errant officers, even as he commended the GOC for taking immediate actions against some soldiers in the ‘Operation Burst’ outfit, who were reported to have brutalised residents of Ibadan, in Beere area recently.
He added that the prompt action taken by the Army authorities against the errant officers helped to restore law and order and also restored the people’s trust in the ‘Operation Burst.’
Speaking earlier, the GOC, 2 Div Headquarters of the Nigerian Army, Major General Omozoje, lauded the governor for the numerous supports, which, according to him, have been enjoyed by the Division.
The event had in attendance the Olowu of Owu Kuta, Oba Hamid Adekunle Makama, former Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade (rtd), former Lagos State Military Administrator, Brigadier General Raji Rasaki (rtd), chairman of the Oyo State Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, COMPOL Fatai Owoseni (rtd) and a host of others.