COAS Yahaya: Why Buhari should be commended – Gov. Zulum

Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya

By Yakubu Uba

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the selection of Major General Farouk Yahaya as Nigeria’s new Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

The governor, in a statement on Sunday in Maiduguri by his Special Adviser on Communications and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, said the choice of choice Yahaya, showed the Buhari’s consistency and commitment in combating insurgency in the North East.

“With the appointment of General Yahaya, the country has retained the advantage of having in place service chiefs who have all served in Borno and have sufficient operational knowledge in the fight against Boko Haram and ISWAP.

“While warmly congratulating the new Chief of Army Staff, I will like to gladly acknowledge that Mr President’s choice of Major General Farouk Yahaya, who was in Maiduguri as Theatre Commander of the joint armed forces battle against insurgents, was a deliberate reaffirmation of Mr President’s consistency of placing the insurgency facing the Northeast, as the top most priority of the Presidency, because addressing the insurgency in the Northeast has the potential of stabilising the nation in general.

“It is worth recollecting that both the late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and current Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, were appointed based on their experiences of having served as Theatre Commanders in Borno, leading operations against insurgents.

“Similarly, the current Chief of Air Staff, had also served as Deputy Theatre Commander in Borno, while the Chief of Naval Staff had also served in Borno, with insight on counter insurgency operations.

“It is clear that Mr President is focused on the Northeast, given the fact that the insurgency challenge has lingered for 12 years now and had resulted in countless deaths, displacements of citizens and destruction of communities,” the statement read in part.

He therefore urged the new COAS to sustain the fight against insurgents, bandits and other criminal elements in the country.

Zulum expressed optimism that the experiences and combined efforts of the service and other stakeholders would facilitate the fight against insurgents.

He however urged the people of Borno to be prayerful and accord maximum support to the military and other security agencies for peace to reign supreme in the state.