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COAS Yahaya: I will work with other service chiefs to battle insecurity

By Tony Akowe and Okodili Ndidi, Abuja

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, has said the Army will work in synergy with other service chiefs to fight insecurity in the country.

He said the current service chiefs were course mates at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), giving them the leverage to blend well in working out solutions to the nation’s security challenges.

Yahaya said this on Tuesday while addressing the House of Representatives Committees on Defence and Army in Abuja.

“…I have had experience commensurate with my career. So, I’m abreast with the security requirements of Abuja, and so on.

“I have been involved in several security operations. The challenges we are facing now, all are characterised by the areas I mentioned, where I have firsthand information and have commanded troops and I administered them in achieving what we’ve done.

“I believe I have the requisite requirements, by the grace of God, to now provide my services in this office of the Chief of Army Staff, if confirmed.

“What I am bringing is a wealth of experience and commitment. So, I’m committed and determined to provide my best, having known what is required to achieve results.

“Security is everybody’s business because the job cannot be done by one person. So, we need all the support. And with the support of the people, we will win our fight against insecurity.

“From experience, this job cannot be done by any single service or entity. Indeed, the Army itself is a group work, not individual. That’s why we arranged in sections and companies and battalions and brigades.

“This job is collective, as it was captured in the vision of the late Chief of Army Staff and in my own mission too. There is also joint environment in what we do, having realised that this job is not one service’s job.”

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