By Peter Amine
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 3 Division Nigerian Army Rukuba, Maj-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, has charged three newly-promoted Brigadiers-general to give clear directives to their subordinates as commanders.
Angbazo gave the charge on Tuesday at the decoration of Brigadiers-General Francis Etim, Samuel Nwafor and Oladele Arogundade at Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, Rukuba.
He said that it was the responsibility of the generals to point the way forward for those they were leading and then brace up for the new responsibilities.
“You are at a critical level in your profession where much is needed from you.
“It is no longer a band wagon as each of you would be singled out for whatever you do.
“As part of the decoration we have you a staff of office, a swagger stick which is a sign of authority.
Angbazo expressed confidence in the ability of officers as they had carried out the assignments given to them.
The GOC said that he had personally appreciated officers for what they had done for the Division.
“I don’t expect them to stay long in the Division, they will soon be posted out contribute their quota in other places,” he said.
He thanked the Chief of Army Staff for finding three of them from the Division worthy of the promotion as brigadiers general.
Nuhu also thanked the wives of the new generals for being pillars of support for the senior officers.
According to him, the generals couldn’t have achieved what they achieved alone without their wonderful families.
Maj-Gen. Gabriel Ochigbano, Military Secretary, Army, told the new generals from this moment on, the only thing that would single them out were the extras they were willing to do to promote the course of Nigerian Army.
“You must be problem solvers for the Nigerian Army henceforth,” he charged.
Brig-Gen. Umar Mohammed, Garrison Commander, told the newly promoted to start thinking of exit, because they were at the peak.
Mohamed told them to mind what they said, what they write and what they did as they were now role models.
Brig-Gen. Francis Etim, one of the newly promoted generals, on behalf of his colleagues, pledged total loyalty to COAS and the Nigerian Army.
Etim said that they were ready to serve the nation in whatever responsibility assigned to them no matter the situation.
The general lauded the GOC for his sterling leadership qualities that prepared and enabled them to be found worthy of the promotion
“We have learnt a lot from you as you have been our mentor, our guide and innovator.
“We thank our family for standing by us we couldn’t have gone this far without you,” he added.