By Joy Odor
The Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr David Nweze Umahi has described the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya as a detribalized Nigerian.
The Governor who made the remarks when he paid a courtesy call on the COAS at Army Headquarters Abuja said with the pedigree of the COAS, a professional and an intelligent officer whose services are needed to secure the country at a time sponsors of hate speeches are unmindful of collective national interest.
The visit which was made available to newsmen in a press statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima opined that the nation is passing through a challenging moment that requires stakeholders to maximally support the security agencies.
Governor Umahi warned that Nigerians must desist from playing politics with the security of the Nation.
The Governor who applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Major General Faruk Yahaya to lead the NA to greatness reassured the COAS of Ebonyi State Government’s support in the task of securing the Nation.
Governor Umahi 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 stated that the NA and Ebonyi State have a long standing relationship that must be sustained for mutual benefits.
The COAS observed that Ebonyi State under Governor Umahi has provided the much needed enabling environment for the NA to discharge its constitutional roles.
He reassured the Governor that the NA will not relent in its efforts in maintaining peace in Ebonyi and other states in the region.
General Yahaya urged the governor to use his position as Chairman South East Governors forum to promote peace in the region.