Live above board – GOC charges new Brig-Generals at investiture


General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Lasisi Adegboye, has charged newly promoted senior officers in the division to live above board in the discharge of their duties to justify their elevations.


Adegboye gave the charge while decorating the officers with their new ranks at the 82 Division Headquarters, Enugu.

The GOC also urged them to always observe official rules of engagement, in their respective unites and duty posts, while contributing their quota to the collective efforts to achieve the vision of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Tukur Buratai.

The beneficiary officers include; the Commandant of Command Secondary School, Abakaliki, Mohammed Auta (Brig-Gen); Commander, 302 Artillery Regiment and Gun Support, Onitsha, Yakubu Bwala (Brig-Gen); and the Commander, 82 Division Finance and Account, Garba Muhammed (Brig-Gen), respectively.

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Also decorated at the event were three new Lieutenants namely, Lt Khalid Ali, Lt Emmanuel Owoyonu, and Lt Aliyu Shettima.

“At this stage, you are no longer implementing officers but policy makers and problem solvers; I will urge you to put in more hard work since the reward for hard work is more work.

“There is no short cut to success and to move on to higher rank than hard work and being proactive and inventive.

“You must pursue the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai (COAS), with zeal and commitment it deserves and always uphold the constitution in all your actions.

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“You must strive to attain and drive those visions in your various commands and units; promotion comes from God, and you must justify the confidence reposed on you,” the GOC charged.

Speaking on behalf of older Brigadiers-General of the Division, Brig-Gen Sylvester Oloyede, congratulated the new Brigadiers-General entrants and urged them to take their loyalty and dedication to duty to the next level by upping their zeal for the job.

He noted that attaining the rank of Brigadier-General is not a Child’s play in the Nigerian Army, and urged them to leave no stone unturned to justify their new positions and even aim for higher levels.

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On his part, Brig-Gen Garba Muhammed, who spoke on behalf of the newly decorated officers, poured encomiums on the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the COAS, for finding them worthy to attain the enviable ranks.

He also pledged their continuous loyalty and dedication to the army and service of the nation.

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