By: Kehinde Abiade, Sokoto
The Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has said the several military operations being undertaken in Tureta, Goronyo, Isa and Sabon Birni Local Governments in the last two years have helped to ensure security challenges been faced in other states were not allowed to rear their ugly heads into the State.
He expressed satisfaction, especially on the efforts of the troops of 1 Brigade, Sokoto in assisting the government to combat security challenges within the State.
Governor Tambuwal who was represented by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Justices Suleiman Usman stated this in a press statement at the 2018 West African Social Activities (WASA) celebration held at 26 Battalion Parade ground, Giginya Barracks, Sokoto and made available to newsmen in Kaduna by the Brigade Army Public Relations Officer, Major Clement Kehinde Abiade.
The Governor commended the efforts of the military for being professional and responsive in the discharge of their constitutional duties in the country particularly in the fight against insurgency in the North East and Internal Security challenges in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and Plateau States.
He therefore pledged the State Government continued support to the military towards achieving its mandate as their roles in ensuring the protection of territorial integrity of the Country and aiding the civil authority in Internal Security cannot be over emphasized.
Earlier, the Commander 1 Brigade, Brigadier-General Lynus Kennedy Udeagbala described WASA an age-long cherished Nigerian Army regimental and social tradition that provides opportunity for officers, soldiers and their families to come together to celebrate successes achieved during the out gone year.
According to him, it also avails the opportunity for a formation or unit to establish start lines and focus for the activities for the New Year.
“WASA is usually conducted in a relax ambiance of socialization that often showcases the rich cultural heritage that abounds in our Country.
“The occasion provides an opportunity for the leadership of a Command to appreciate troops for their contributions to successes achieved by the Command during the outgoing year. It fosters unity; enhance civil – military relations as well as regimentation.
He therefore thanked the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai and the General Officer Commanding, 1 Mechanized Division, Major-General Mohammed Mohammed for their support to the Brigade.