Nigerian Army set for cultists, warns students

Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Kabuk, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82

Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu, has tasked Students Union

Government (SUG) in campuses to join security agencies to eradicate

cultism in institutions.

Kabuk made the appeal while receiving a five-star award on behalf of

the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, from the SUG

of Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu on Thursday.

The five-star award was titled: “The Most Proactive Chief of Army

Staff in Nigeria History’’.

The GOC said that the SUG government as the leadership of students

needed to constantly re-orient and sensitize students on the need to

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be good Nigerians and be law abiding.

“The issue of cultism is rampant in this part of the country. Cultism

is satanic. It does not have any benefit for anybody or the society.

“I task the SUG governments in various institutions to play a lead

role in shaping the lives and characters of students in campuses in

this part of the country.

“Most students misled by cultism end-up not getting the certificate

they sought for from their institutions.

“I want to see a situation where people (students) come out of

institutions to contribute their quota to the development of the

country,’’ he advised.

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Kabuk also urged students to shun political thuggery and face their

academics squarely.

“We will also appreciate if you give us credible and prompt

information concerning crime, criminality as well as suspicious

movement and individuals so that we nip crime in the bud in this our

Area of Responsibility (AR),’’ he said.

On the award, the GOC commended the student body for recognizing the

hard work, resourcefulness and effectiveness of the COAS, adding that

the COAS had received a lot of awards at home and internationally for

his sacrifice for the nation and repositioning Nigerian Army

professionally.

“I draw my strength and inspiration from the Chief of Army Staff

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(COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, vision, directive and resourcefulness;

while it is clear that the COAS has done much in protecting the

territory integrity of the country,’’ he said.

Earlier, the President of SUG of IMT, Enugu, Mr Monday Diamond, said

that the Nigerian Army had contributed a great quota to the peace and

security of the country in historical and recent times.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has also

done so much in putting proactive mechanisms in protecting the

territory integrity of the country in all ramifications since his

assumption of office.

“ Lt.-Gen. Buratai has also repositioned the Nigerian Army

professionally to face emerging security threats confronting the

nation,’’ Diamond said.