COAS commends traditional rulers’ roles in national unity

COAS commends traditional rulers’ roles in national unity

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has commended traditional rulers in the country for their fatherly roles in matters affecting national security and the corporate existence of the nation.


Yahaya gave the commendation when Oba Ahmed Oyelude, the Olowu of Okuta, Osun State, visited him at the Nigerian Army Headquarters in Abuja.


This is contained in a statement, personally signed by Oba Oyelude, which was made available to newsmen on Saturday in Osogbo.


The statement quoted Yahaya as pledging the renewed commitment of the armed forces to the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.


The COAS also lauded traditional rulers for rising above primordial sentiments in matters concerning national unity.


Yahaya noted that the tremendous support of the royal fathers had gone a long way in mitigating security challenges in different parts of the country.


He also commended the consistent efforts of the Olowu of Okuta in supporting the military and security forces in the country, saying his efforts of building bridges of understanding among Nigerians were worthy of emulation.


Yahaya urged Oyelude to intensify efforts at making the traditional institutions reliable partners in the Nigerian project, particularly in the need to ensure citizens’ commitment to patriotism, socio-economic and cultural integration of the country’s vast population.


The COAS also said that the Nigerian Army would continue to discharge its constitutional duties, professionally and dispassionately, for the benefit of all Nigerians.


In his remarks, Oba Oyelude said that he was at the Army Headquarters to congratulate the Chief of Army Staff over his well-deserved appointment.


The traditional ruler said that his competence and experience would come in handy in the discharge of his duties.


He pledged to mobilise other traditional rulers to support the government’s policies and programmes that would guarantee the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.


The monarch also promised to be in the vanguard of ideas that would continue to secure the country from internal and external threats.


He solicited more support for the Nigerian Army and advocated more synergy and cooperation among the military for the peace, unity, security and development of the nation.

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