Nigerians must desist from playing politics with security - Umahi

Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State has urged Nigerians to desist from playing politics with the security of the Nation.

He also congratulated Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Major General Faruk Yahaya on his appointment as the second COAS in the annals of the Nigerian Army (NA) history.

Brigadier General Director Army Public Relations - Mohammed Yerima in a statement said that Umahi  made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on the COAS at Army Headquarters Abuja, today Tuesday 15 June, 2021. 

According to the statement, Governor Umahi stated that "the nation is passing through a challenging moment that requires stakeholders to maximally support the security agencies.

"He warned Nigerians must desist from playing politics with the security of the Nation.

"He described him as a detribalized Nigerian and called for support for the Nigerian Army."

The State Governor applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Major General Faruk Yahaya to lead the NA to greatness.

He further stated that with the pedigree of the COAS whom he said is a detribalized Nigerian, a professional and an intelligent officer whose services are needed to secure the country at a time sponsors of hate speeches are unmindful of our collective national interest. 

He reassured the COAS of Ebonyi State Government's support in the task of securing the Nation.  

Umahi further reiterated that constant cooperation and assistance of the NA and other security agencies will consolidate on the relative peace enjoyed in Ebonyi state and the nation at large.

"We must stand United and support the NA in all their activities," he said while paying tributes to the late COAS, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and other fallen heroes. 

In his remarks, the COAS thanked the Governor for the kind gesture displayed in condoling with the NA over the demise of the late COAS.

He further stated that the NA and Ebonyi State have a long standing relationship that must be sustained for mutual benefits. He observed that Ebonyi State under Governor Umahi has provided the much needed enabling environment for the NA to discharge its constitutional roles.

The COAS reassured the Governor that the NA will not relent in its efforts in maintaining peace in Ebonyi and other states in the region. He urged the governor to use his position as Chairman South East Governors forum to promote peace in the region.

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