Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has lauded the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant -General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for his relentless efforts to defeat terrorism as well as other forms of criminality bedevilling the nation.
The governor gave the commendation when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Gombe on Thursday.
He noted that the Nigerian Army had contributed immensely in restoring peace in the North East, North West and the country as a whole, saying prior to the appointment of Lieutenant General Buratai as the Chief of Army Staff, the security situation in the region was precarious.
The governor said that Buratai had distinguished himself through professional conduct which had led him to the peak of his career as an excellent military General worthy for emulation.
“As a matter of fact, the Chief of Army Staff has done a lot and we must express our happiness and pride that our son has reached the zenith of his career and has done so very well to Nigeria and the whole world,” the governor stated.
Governor Yahaya informed the visiting Army Chief that Gombe had been a home for individuals fleeing crisis from neighbouring states of Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Taraba, adding that the State Government had been providing “succour to everyone who seeks refuge in the state.”
He said in the spirit of support to the Nigerian Army and Nigerians, the Gombe State Government sacrificed its NYSC permanent Orientation Camp for use as a rehabilitation centre for repentant Boko Haram insurgents.
He said his administration would continue to support the Nigerian Army in carrying out its constitutional mandate of maintaining peace and protecting the nation’s territorial integrity.
The governor assured the Chief of Army Staff that his administration would partner the Nigerian Army University, Biu, for the benefit of the people of the state.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who has been on Operational tour for over three weeks, said he was in the state in furtherance of his operational tour of Army Units and formations, particularly those within the theatre of operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East and Operation SAHEL SANITY in the North West.
He commended the Government and people of Gombe State for their proactiveness in maintaining the peace in a zone that is bedevilled by security challenges.
General Buratai thanked the Governor of Gombe State for appropriating a large portion of land for the construction of permanent site for 301 Artillery Brigade Barracks in Gombe.
He said the Nigerian Army was determined to end all forms of insecurities in the country, calling on the people to partner the Army towards achieving the goal.
The Chief of Army Staff took the opportunity to appeal to the Governor not to relent in supporting the Nigerian Army, particularly the Nigerian Army University Biu which he said was established to address the educational needs of the people in the North East and the country as a whole.
Gen Buratai also inspected the ongoing 301 Artillery Brigade’s permanent barracks that is under construction in the state.