What Okorocha Told Nigerian Soldiers At Obinze
By Anolu Vincent, Owerri
Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has commended the Nigerian Army over the speed with which soldiers in the country adjusted to the nation’s democratic rules, and have been playing key role, to ensure that the country’s democracy matures to the envy of the world.
Okorocha, who spoke while on a visit to the 34 Field Artillery Brigade Obinze, also said that Nigerian soldiers have also shown gallantry in the way and manner they had handled the complex issue of insurgency in the North-East. He added that what the Nigerian Army needed was encouragement.
He said that with the successes so far recorded by the army in the war against insurgency, the case of insurgency in the North-East would soon be a thing of the past, adding that the insurgency threat should be a challenge to every Nigerian, and should not only be left for the military to handle.
Okorocha urged the soldiers to continue to be patriotic and committed, stating that the over 80 officers promoted recently was an indication that hard work is always rewarded in the Army, and noted too that the promotion could only be seen as a call to duty.
The governor commended the soldiers at Obinze and the commander on how they had worked in cooperation with other security agents in the state to stop kidnapping in the state and how they handled thousands of MASSOB members who staged a protest in Owerri recently and ensured that there was no blood shed.
He regretted the poor state of facilities at the Obinze barrack and assured that he was going to draw the attention of the federal government to the situation in the barrack, and also promised that the state government would move in urgently to fix certain facilities in the barrack before the federal government could come, and assured the Brigade Commander and other officers that his government would work on the same page with the command to achieve the desired result.
The Brigade commander, Brigadier General Kay Isiyaku, thanked the governor for the visit and assured that the command under him would work in collaboration with the government and all the relevant agencies in the state in carrying out their functions for the expected goals.