Group hails COAS over moves to prioritise welfare of veterans, synergy

A non- partisan advocacy group, Security Awareness Initiative, SEI, has hailed the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, for pledging to give priority to the welfare of Army veterans in the country.
The group said the pledge will go a long way in boosting morale of personnel of the Nigerian Army who are involved in different theatres of operations across the country to bring peace and stability to the country.

Lagbaja, represented by Maj.-Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu made the commitment on Tuesday in Ibadan during a programme tagged, “Veteran Happy Hour”, organised to honour the retirees as part of activities marking the 2023 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL).

SEI in a press release on Wednesday signed by its convener, Adamu Bello said that any leader who identify with the welfare of his troops has already encouraged them to do their best for the country.

The group urged troops of the Nigerian Army to reciprocate the gesture by ensuring their mandate to deal with all threats to national security is properly executed.

Meanwhile, SEI also welcome the readiness of Major-General Taoreed Lagbaja to synergise with sister Services and other security agencies of the country for an effective and efficient troop so as to provide a safer and secure Nigeria.

Lagbaja spoke while fielding questions from journalists shortly after paying a courtesy call on Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State at the Governor’s Office, Agodi-Secretariat, Ibadan, on Tuesday.

According to the COAS “My drive is to operate in synergy with other security agencies, and sister services towards ensuring peace, and stability to allow law-abiding citizens to go about their business, all across Nigeria. To do this, I intend to focus on leadership, operational effectiveness and sound administration of the troops.

Reacting to the development, SEI commended the COAS for queueing behind the directive of President Bola Tinubu for the military to operate in synergy amongst themselves.

The group urged Nigerians to cooperate with the new leadership of the Army to ensure their success.