Thursday, 21 August 2014


Nigerians have been called on to encourage the Nigerian Army in the face of current security challenges confronting the country instead of constant criticism.

Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, gave the advise at Government House in Umuahia, when he received the Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant Gen. Kenneth Minimah, who paid him a courtesy visit along with other senior officers.
said that the Army has been doing “a very good job” in fighting the Boko Haram sect and must be supported if terrorism is to be successfully wiped out.
Orji opined that the Army has to take time to adapt to tackle terrorism, which according to him is totally new to Nigerians, noting that many soldiers have sacrificed their lives while fighting insurgency in the country.

He expressed confidence that the Army boss will perform creditably in office and assured him of the continued support and partnership of the Abia State government.

The governor further appreciated the Nigerian Army for the tremendous assistance it rendered to Abia State to end kidnapping and for the establishment of 14 brigade of the Army at Ohafia which, he noted, has enhanced security in the state.

He further appealed to the Chief of Army Staff to provide military equipment at the Army Camp at Aba, give preference to Abia during recruitment and also ensure that the Army in the state work in synergy with the police and other security agencies.
Earlier in his speech, Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minima said he was in the state to visit military formations as part of his familiarization tour of the 82 Division, Enugu.

He thanked Governor Orji for his “exemplary” assistance to the Nigerian Army and urged him not to relent.

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