Threat to National Security and Integrity: Chief of Army Staff Warns Fifth Columnist
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has warned criminal elements and fifth columnists from indulging in atrocious activities that could threaten the integrity of the nation. He gave the warning on 3 April 2023 as he declared open, the COAS First Quarter Conference 2023 at the Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess 1, Asokoro,, Abuja as contained in a release by the director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu. The COAS pointed out, that the conference provided appropriate atmosphere to interact with field commanders and appraise NA operations in the first quarter of the year, with a view to proferring realistic strategies to improve the performance of troops in ongoing operations across the country.
While warning the detractors during the conference, General Yahaya averred that the efforts of troops in collaboration with sister services and other security agencies incrementally shored up crude oil production to about 1.3 million barrels per day, as affirmed by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries. He added that troops’ commitment has unequivocally denied terrorists and insurgents, freedom of action, resulting in massive surrendering of BH/ ISWAP terrorists in the northeast. he then warned that any act that could further deplete the recent successes or that could be detrimental to national security and integrity would be taken seriously by the Nigerian Army.
Other achievements as revealed by the COAS, are the operationalisation of maneuver Brigades across the country, improved Civil Military Cooperation activities to win hearts and minds, infrastructural Development across formations of the NA, procurement of modern platforms and improved training aids as well as establishment of Department of Personnel Management to manage soldiers’ career, among several others.
He commended officers and men of the NA for attaining the unprecedented feat and urged them to remain steadfast. The COAS expressed appreciation to the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his strategic guidance and direction.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief of Policy and Plan (Army), Major General Anthony Omozoje stated that deliberate efforts were put in place to implement many of the decisions taken at the last COAS Annual Conference in Sokoto. He noted that the operational successes so far attained derived from the visionary leadership of the NA and the collective commitment cum professional disposition of troops.
The COAS later presented 14 new Toyota Hilux vehicles to Army Warrant Officers who have attained the pinnacle of their soldiering career. The Army Chief also commissioned the Faruk Yahaya Historical Park located in Manbilla Barracks, Asokoro Abuja. Research and Development efforts of the NA was also showcased in an exhibition during the conference.