President Mohammadu Buhari Wednesday decorated the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya with a new rank of Lieutenant General about two months after he took over as COAS.
Lt. Gen. Yahaya hails from Sokoto State and had served as the Theatre Commander of Operation Hadin Kai, a counter-insurgency operation in the north-east before his new appointment.
Yahaya took over from former Chief of Army Staff, late Lt. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, who died in a military plane crash along with ten military officers in Kaduna on May 21.
Present at the event were members of the Federal Executive Council, security chiefs including Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor; Chief of the Air, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao and Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Maj. Gen. Sunday Adebayo.
Also present were the Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba.
Speaking after his decoration, the new COAS said that bandits and other criminals waging wars against the government and undermining national security “have been sent to God to go and answer for their crimes.”
The COAS appreciated President Buhari for the confidence reposed in him and pledged his unalloyed loyalty on behalf of the officers and men of the Nigerian Army.
He said, “I want to first most sincerely appreciate the President and commander in chief of the armed forces for the confidence reposed in me and now being decorated Lieutenant General and Chief of Army Staff.
“And I want to pledge my unalloyed loyalty on behalf of the officers and men of Nigerian Army and also continue to do our very best to arrest this challenge that we have, particularly insurgency, insecurity and other violent crimes.
“We are already getting successes. We will leverage on that, including our experience in this job and by the grace of God, we shall get there.”
When requested to send a message to the bandits and other criminals elements in different parts of the country, he added, “That’s what we have started doing already and many of them have been sent to God to go and answer for their crimes. And we will continue to do that.”