The All Progressives Congress (APC) has proffered to the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Farouk Yahaya, ways on how to tackle security threats in the country
The APC stated this in a statement issued on Thursday by the National Secretary Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John Akpanudoedehe on President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice of the new army boss.
Buhari had earlier in the day, appointed Major General Yahaya as the COAS. He took over the helms of affairs following the death of the former army chief, Attahiru Ibrahim in a plane crash last week.
While welcoming Buhari’s choice of Yahaya, Akpanudoedehe said tackling security challenges in the country could be “achieved and deepened sustainably through increased collaboration among the security services and communities.”
According to him, “more vigilance and increased cooperation and support through sharing information can pave way for faster mopping up the remnants of the insurgents and ending banditry and kidnapping in parts of the country.”
He also urged the new COAS to consolidate on the successes recorded by the military in tackling all security threats in the country.
Continuing, he said, “The APC notes with satisfaction that the President Buhari-led administration has prioritised the provision of more and advanced equipment for the armed forces which has enhanced their operational capability against elements posing threats to the country’s internal security.
“A battlefield commander with considerable experience, Major General Farouk Yahaya will as Chief of Army Staff, lead a thoroughly professional, adequately equipped and highly motivated officers and troops in their duty of protecting the territorial integrity of our country.”
The APC national secretary expressed optimism that the new army chief will repose the president’s confidence in him by doing everything to stem the tide of insecurity, adding that “the success of the military is our collective success as a party and nation.”
The ruling party congratulated the new chief of army staff and wish him success in his “new, important and strategic national assignment.”