The appointment of Major General Tukur Yusufu Buratai as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) by President Buhari has rekindled hope and inspires confidence in the public. This was made known by Mr Sam Worlu, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) when he paid a courtesy visit to the new COAS, Major General TY Buratai in his office at the Army headquarters Abuja on Tuesday 11 August 2015.
Speaking further, Mr Worlu said that the Nigerian Army has continued to be one of the few public institutions in Nigeria that one could always be proud of, adding that General Buratai’s appointment to the exalted post of COAS was well deserved and not by chance.
He stated that he was at the Army headquarters to offer solidarity to the COAS because of the long standing relationship the Nigerian Army and the VON since the days of Nigerian Army’s contribution to the war in Sierra Leone and Liberia under the auspices of ECOMOG; when some journalists were embedded to the operation.
The DG said that his establishment was ready to collaborate further with the Nigerian Army in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists adding that the broadcast media has a great role to play in the quest for peace in Nigeria and surmounting the current security challenges. He also showered encomiums on the Nigerian Army as according to him; “we are aware that some of you put yourselves in the harm’s way for our benefit”. He reiterated that the VON would like to help by reaching out to the people especially in the North East and turn the narrative against the Boko Haram terrorists.
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff thanked Mr Worlu for the visit and applauded his initiative of turning things around at the VON. He also stated that VON has been doing a great job of projecting positive image of Nigeria to the world, through good programming, commentaries and editorials. The COAS stated further that realizing the importance of communication, the Nigerian Army would continue to carry the people by updating the public with unclassified information of its activities. He assured the DG of Nigerian Army’s readiness to always assist and collaborate with the VON whenever the need arise.
In a related development, the Chief Executive Officer, Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) of Nigeria, Mr Michael Ikpoki paid a similar visit to the COAS today Wednesday. In his remarks, Mr Ikpoki congratulated the COAS on his appointment and appreciated the Nigerian Army in its fight against insurgency and support to the organization. He reiterated his organization’s support to the Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional mandate. He also disclosed that MTN Nigeria is looking forward to supporting the Nigerian Army through its foundation and corporate social responsibilities programme to schools, hospitals and other development areas.
Responding, the COAS thanked the MTN CEO and his team for the visit and assure that the Nigerian Army would defeat Boko Haram terrorists soon. He also thanked the team for the plan gesture of extending the MTN Foundation support to schools in Nigerian Army barracks and hospitals, stressing that no organization can do it alone just as no amount can be too much for security.