Be Professional During Elections, Makinde Implores Nigerian Army


Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has called on the Nigerian Army to continue to remain professional before, during and after the coming elections.

The governor stated this when he hosted the new General Officer Commanding, 2 Mechanised Division, Odogbo Barracks, Ibadan, Major-General Takuti Usman at the Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor, who pledged the continuous support of his administration to the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the state, commended them for the maintenance of peace and order in Oyo State.

The governor lauded the Army for the important roles it has been playing in ensuring peaceful polls in the country, urging the Army to play its part and ensure that the elections are free and fair and that the votes of Oyo State people count.

Governor Makinde promised to maintain a cordial relationship with the new GOC.

He equally assured that his government would not relent in its efforts at providing adequate logistic support to the Division for its smooth operation in the area of security of lives and property.

He said: “Oyo State has been calm security-wise and I will like to use this opportunity to say thank you to the officers and men of Operation Burst and their DG because we used to have crime and criminalities around December and we were all apprehensive but they stood up to the challenge.

“When the Lagos-Ibadan expressway kidnapping became an issue, they also came up with other sister security agencies. They devoted the time and energy needed to quickly nip that in the bud, and the area now is well-dominated by the security agencies led by Operation Burst. So, I am happy that it is one of the major areas that you are paying attention to.

Earlier, the GOC, Major-General Takuti Usman, sought the Governor’s support in order to make the Division achieve the maintenance of peace and harmony in the state.

He assured the Governor of the readiness of his Division to continue to participate fully in creating an enabling environment for the government, so that it could continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.

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