Army’s impartiality in political process commendable – Makinde



*…says Oyo will maintain cordial relationship with military*
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Monday, commended the Chief
of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai for leading a professionalized
Army, declaring that his administration would  continue to maintain cordial
relationship with the Nigerian military.
Governor Makinde, who stated this at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan,
while receiving the Chief of   Army Staff in a courtesy visit, said that
the impartiality of the Nigerian Army in the nation’s political process is
equally commendable.
According to him, the government of Oyo State would continue to cooperate
with the Army in order to ensure the security of lives and property of the
people.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo
Adisa, further quoted the governor as saying that his administration will
continue to support the military wherever possible, adding  that the
government considers the security of lives and property as the foundation
for development.
The statement further quoted Makinde as saying that his administration will
continually make life better for the family of the officers and men of the
Nigerian Army serving within its territory.
He said: “I want to use this opportunity to welcome you and your entourage
to Oyo State.
“The current relationship that exists between the Nigerian Army, the
government and the people of Oyo State has been cordial and we want to
appreciate this.
“We, as a government in Oyo State, the only thing we can do is to support
where possible. We know we have officers and men from this division that
are posted all over and they have their families at home here. It is on
that basis we have been relating with the GOC and his team such that
whatever we can do to make life a little better will be done.”
Governor Makinde, who expressed his administration’s commitment to the
provision of security  of lives, commended the Chief of Army Staff for
injecting professionalism into the Nigerian Army and managing the security
challenges in the country.
“We acknowledge the challenges going on right now in the country. We are in
the middle of a pandemic and economic meltdown. We are running a
mono-economy and the price of the mono-product in the international market
has really gone down considerably.
“So, we are all feeling the pinch and rolling it with all the issues going
on in the North-East; insurgency, banditry. I wonder how challenging the
environment can be. But in the middle of those challenges, I am glad to
note that the Nigerian Army has applied itself professionally and it is
managing the challenges. So, I want to say kudos to you and the officers.”
Earlier in his remarks,  Lt. Gen. Buratai commended Governor Makinde for
providing necessary support to the Army’s operations in the state.
He assured the governor of the readiness of the Army to continue to
participate fully in the maintenance of peace and order and to remain
impartial in the discharge of its duties.
The Chief of Army Staff also told the governor that he was on a working
visit to 2 Division, Ibadan to commission major projects done by the
Nigerian Army for the benefits of humanity in line with the civil-military
cooperation of the Nigerian Army.
He said: “I am pleased to be here this morning for this very important
courtesy call. This administration has been very successful and I want to
assure you that the military will remain impartial in discharging its
responsibilities, which is our sacred role.
“For some days, I have been on a working visit to various theatres of
operation, the last being the North-West theatre of operation in Zamfara,
Katsina states, where I assessed the ongoing anti-banditry operation
code-named Exercise Sahel Sanity.”
The event had in attendance top government functionaries, the General
Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Anthony
Bamidele Omozoje and other top military officers and men of the Nigerian
Army.
*Signed*
*Taiwo Adisa*
*Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde*
*September 14, 2020.*