Maj.-Gen. Aminu Chinade has taken over as the 37th General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, even as he has assured South-East residents of peace and safety.
Taking over from outgoing GOC of the Division, Maj.-Gen. Umar Musa, on Thursday in Enugu, Chinade assured that with robust collaboration of other sister security agencies and formations, the South-East would experience peace and security.
According to him, my job is to be pro-active and synergy with other security agencies and formations in the South-East and the Division’s Areas of Responsibility (AOR) to ensure safety, security and peace for all.
“I am glad to join the Division and continue on the successes and good work of the outgoing GOC,” he said.
The new GOC said that although the security situation in the South-East and other parts of the country remained challenging, adding: “We are already surmounting it and forge ahead”.
On the general elections, Chinade said that the officers and troops of the Division would remain dedicated, professional and apolitical.
“As concerning the general elections, the Division will be highly professional and apolitical to ensure a fair, credible and transparent elections Nigerian deserve,” he said.
The new GOC also appreciated the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, for his new posting, adding that he would live-up to the confidence and trust reposed on him.
He thanked the Almighty God for the grace to take-over as well as sought for the cooperation of commanders and principal officers in the Division in-order for the successes and breakthroughs of the Division to continue.
Earlier, Musa, outgoing GOC, thanked the COAS for the confidence and trust he reposed on his abilities and appointing him as the GOC for two divisions of the Nigerian Army – 81 and 82 Divisions -.
The outgoing GOC said: “I have worked hard and relentlessly to ensure that I deliver on expectations”.
“The South-East, including the entire country, is faced with security challenges; while the Nigerian Army is already surmounting them,” he said.
He appreciated the commanders, principal officers and troops of the Division for the successes recorded during his administration of the Division, adding: “I want you to extend same cooperation and dedication to the new GOC”.
“The good people of the South-East and in those in our other AOR areas should give us credible information to crack down on criminality as well as criminal elements within the general area.
“South-East is not all about IPOB or ESN, which activities are negative; but about some criminal elements that are disturbing the peace of the people,” he added.
The event featured the signing of the handing over and taking over notes as well as decoration of the new GOC with 82 Division’s insignia and handing over the Division’s flag to him among others.
It would be recalled that Maj.-Gen. Musa had been redeployed to Army Headquarters Department of Personnel Management as the Chief Personnel Management (Army).