Nigeria will defeat terrorists, say Oshiomhole, Army Chief

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Kenneth Minimah have expressed confidence in the ability of the Nigerian Armed Forces to defeat the terrorists troubling parts of the county.

Speaking weekend at the Nigerian Army Corps and School of Supply and Transport, Benin City during the Commissioning of its remodeled Officers Mess, facilitated by the state Government, Comrade Oshiomhole said terrorism and other violent crimes are alien to the nation and will be stamped out in no distant future.

According to him, “We in Edo state appreciate the sacrifices which the men and officers are paying at this critical time of our history dealing with new forms of crime that one never thought was possible in this country a couple of years back.

“We appreciate the will, the determination to confront the risk and to defeat them. I believe the Commander-in-Chief and our President, Goodluck Jonathan, is providing the leadership and the Nigeria Army is doing an excellent job in making a bold statement that these terrorists will be defeated. By the grace of God Nigeria will be secured for generations yet unborn”. he said.

“I want to thank Mr President who graciously approved the Army to support and compliment the efforts of the Nigeria Police. For us in Edo, the Nigeria Army is part and parcel of the community. Edo people are proud of the Nigeria Army and are proud of the contributions you are making to make Edo state safe” he added.

He thanked the Army for acknowledging the support of the state government. He said: “Giving the support is one thing and making judicious use of it is another. I think the officers who remodeled this building have shown the capacity of the Nigeria army to manage resources judiciously.”

In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Kenneth Minimah, assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Army will overcome the current security challenges facing the country.

He said “Let me reassure Nigerians that the current security challenges and other security challenges bedeviling the country are surmountable and will soon become a thing of the past. The Nigeria Army will not relent until all forms of terrorism and criminal activities are driven out of our shores. We cannot, we must not and we will not fail the nation.

“At this point I want to thank the President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his untiring support of the Nigerian Army and the armed forces as a whole. I equally thank our political leaders in all levels of Government for their solidarity of the Nigerian Army, particularly the Governor and people of Edo state.” He noted.

The Chief of Army Staff said “I want to thank the Governor and people of Edo state, not only for this project but for other interventions in the Nigerian Army barracks in Edo state. I recall that just last June, Edo state Government provided a commercial borehole and a 500KVA generator for Ekenhuan Barracks.

“This gesture and many other support by Edo state Government is deeply appreciated and worthy of every level of commendation. I call on other state Governments to take a cue from the Edo state Government and support our troops to confront the current security challenges bedeviling our country.”

In a welcome address Major General Nienge commended Governor Adams Oshiomhole for his interest in officers and men of the Nigerian Army in Edo state.

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