By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA — ABIA State governor, Theodore Orji, has called on Nigerians to encourage the Nigerian Army in the battle against the current security challenges facing the nation.
Governor Orji said encouragement and not criticism was what the soldiers needed now to be able to battle the Boko Haram terrorists tormenting the nation.
Orji spoke, yesterday, in Umuahia when the Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant Gen. Kenneth Minimah, led other senior Army officers on a courtesy visit to his office at Government House.
According to him, the Army has been doing a very good job in fight against Boko Haram.
The governor noted that the soldiers were taking time to adapt to the art of fighting terrorism, which is totally new to Nigerians.
He regretted that many soldiers have sacrificed their lives fighting insurgency in the country.
The governor expressed confidence that the new Army chief would perform creditably in office and assured him of the continued support and partnership of Abia State government to the Army.
Governor Orji appreciated the Nigerian Army for the tremendous assistance it rendered to Abia State to end kidnapping and establishment of the 14 Brigade Barracks at Ohafia, which had enhanced security in the state.
The governor appealed to the Chief of Army staff to provide military equipment at the Army camp at Aba and give preference to the state during Army recruitment.
He also urged him to ensure that the Army in the state worked in synergy with the police and other security agencies in the state.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, General Mnimah, said he was in the state to visit military formations as part of his familiarisation tour of the 82 Division, Enugu.
He commended Governor Orji for his assistance to the Nigerian Army, which he described as exemplary and urged him to do more.
According to him, the Army cannot do it alone.