By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Sarkin Bwari and Emir of Bwari, Alhaji Musa Ijokoro (II) has commended the commitment, leadership qualities of the Nigerian Army boss and officers and men of the Nigerian Army (NA) for their operational capability and squarely dealing with emerging security challenges across the country and specifically the Federal Capital Territory .
The Bwari traditional leader made assertion when he led Bwari council members to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai in Army headquarters in Abuja.
Sarkin Bwari said it will not be out of place for a right thinking and patriotic Nigerian to attribute the relative peace and atmosphere of calmness enjoyed in Abuja, and its environs, to the purposeful, standing, commitment, doggedness ,foresight of the able and eminent leadership Buratai.
“I heartily convey to you the warm greetings of my good people of Bwari emirate. I equally on their behalf, wish to sincerely appreciate you, and the entire Nigerian Army for your tireless commitment and sacrifice in keeping the country safe and peaceful.
“This is amidst varying security challenges ranging from insurgency, banditry kidnapping, among others”.
The lion of Bwari further presented three different awards to the Army boss for his laudable and outstanding leadership role in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria, amongst whom were the conferment of chieftaincy title as “Birman of Bwari” which is next to the King, word of honour and copy of the Holy Qur’an.
He urged the COAS and his officers to remain unrelenting in their fight against insurgents and other criminal elements holding the country to ransom.
In his response, the COAS, Lt. Gen. Buratai, expressed delight over the honour done to him, pledged his resolve and commitment towards sustaining a cordial relationship with Bwari Emirate Council as well as working with other sister security agencies to keep Abuja and Nigeria even more secured.
“I want to assure you that the Nigerian Army is ready and willing to work with traditional institutions in the FCT.
“Also, let me inform you that we shall soon extend some of our military operations such as Operation Positive Identification, and Ayem Apkatuma to Abuja,” Buratai said.
Buratai further condoled with Sarki over the demise of his father, calling on him to emulate the exemplary leadership qualities exhibited by the late Emir and also lead with the fear of God.
Prayers for God’s protection over the COAS, the Nigerian Army and peace in the country were said by the Chief Imam of Bwari, Sheikh Idris Ibrahim.