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Former CDS Commends Military Leadership For Submitting To Civil Authority

GOC 2Div, Oba Makama & Gen Akinrinade

By Bukar Bolori 

A former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Alani Akinrinade (Retired), has commended the present crops of military leadership for embracing the tenets of civil-military relations and submitting themselves to civil authority.

Akinrinade gave the commendation during 

the commissioning ceremony of the state-of-the art Operations Room in Headquarters 2 Division, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment Ibadan.

Gen Akinrinade & Olowu of Kuta, HRH Oba Makama

The former CDS also lauded the steadfastness of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in embracing the tenets of civil-military relations. 

He said the present Nigerian Army leadership needs to be commended for its foresightness in ensuring the subordination of the military to civil authority. 

He said the events of recent weeks which went beyond the ENDSARS protest has portrayed the Chief of Army Staff as a rare breed officer and an exemplary leader who did not betray the trust and confidence of the Commander in Chief.

He also noted that the Chief of Army Staff has on many occasions made it clear that the Nigerian Army is a professional army and that the era of military intervention in political governance was gone for good.

The former CDS praised the Chief of Army staff for his forward thinking in embracing modern technology in the establishment of Operations Room in all Nigerian Army Formations. 

Akinrinade equally commended the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Anthony Bamidele Omozoje for the State-of-the art Operations Room. 

He noted that the last time he saw an operations room so well equipped was in the United States as a young Captain several years back at the Infantry School. 

He therefore commended 2 Division for the exceptional high standard in its training activities and conduct of operations across its area of responsibility. 

He stated that he was proud to note that the Nigerian Army he commanded several years ago had gone up several notches from what they used to know in his days. 

He said it was gratifying to the older generation that the Nigerian Army was in capable and worthy hands.

The retired general appealed to the Nigerian Army to continue to be an instrument of national unity for the defence of the country’s democracy and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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