OrderPaperToday – Newly nominated Chief of Army Staff, Maj-Gen. Farouk Yahaya has dismissed insinuations that service chiefs do not work together in synergy therefore leading to the worsening insecurity situation in the country.
Gen. Yahaya made this submission when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committees on Defence and Army to be screened for confirmation.
He was responding to a question by the Chairman Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa).
According to him, “synergy is key; even before appointments, we relate, some of us have even been together before now. We have also met during courses at one point or the other. The synergy is there, be it the Civil Defence, the Air Force and the Navy. We talk amongst ourselves.”
However, during his opening remarks, the chairman of the Committee on Defence, Mr. Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos) charged the army chief to work towards nipping the worsening insecurity bedeviling the nation.
“This exercise is unique in view of the sad event that has necessitated its repeat. The Joint Committees on Defence and Army, once again, sincerely commiserates with the Armed Forces of Nigeria and pray that we do not have to witness such unfortunate incident again.
“This exercise comes at a very challenging time in the history of our dear country, Nigeria. Our nation has been besieged by several security issues across all the geo-political zones with banditry, militancy and self-secessionists stretching our military to the extreme. The worst is the lingering insurgency in the North-East. This war has cost the country a lot both financially and in terms of human lives. This must stop.
“The Armed Forces of Nigeria needs to adopt innovative measures to curb the killings and wanton destruction of property as a result of these cases of insecurity. I therefore, hope that, if confirmed, the new Chief of Army Staff will do everything possible, working with other service chiefs, to bring this to an end. You will agree with me that Nigeria deserves a re-invigorated Armed Forces that is robust, well-trained, adequately equipped, efficient and fully motivated to protect Nigerians from the devastating effects of terrorism and other security challenges in the country.
“This screening exercise comes at the heels of Nigeria’s twenty-two years of uninterrupted democratic experience. I must say that the relationship between the National Assembly and Armed Forces of Nigeria has progressively improved as the parliament continues to exercise the necessary democratic oversight of the defence sector.
“Let me reiterate the firm resolve of the 9th House of Representatives, ably led by the Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and particularly, the Committees on Defence and that of Army’s pledge to continually ensure a secure, peaceful and prosperous country for all Nigerians. We will therefore continue to work with the Armed Forces of Nigeria to achieve this”.