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COAS Lagbaja Promises To Apply New Skills In Combating Insecurity

He said that this is what he will be bringing on board as Chief of Army Staff if confirmed by the Senate.


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major General Taoreed Lagbaja (middle front row) at the event. (Photo: Facebook/HQ Nigerian Army)

 

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, has said that the fight against insecurity in Nigeria needs new skills that are proactive, adaptive and inclusive.

He said that this is what he will be bringing on board as Chief of Army Staff if confirmed by the Senate.

General Lagbaja said this during his appearance before the Senate on Thursday during screening for his confirmation as the substantial Chief of Army Staff.

“The volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous nature of our contemporary security environment makes leadership challenging and therefore demands new skills that are proactive, adaptive and inclusive. And I make bold to say that is what I intend to bring on board as the Chief of Army Staff,” Lagbaja said.

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He said that Nigeria has gone through challenging security situations which have impacted on the economy and entire fabric of the society, making governance more challenging.

“There is no denying the fact that this country has gone through challenging security situation that have impacted adversely on our economic, socio and political lives. What used to occur as occasional or episodic crisis have now become enduring, making governance and the rule of law more challenging for the government of the day.

“The dream of our founding fathers is that of a strong and prosperous, globally competitive and influential nation. However, today’s painful reality is that insecurity has distorted our developmental plan and our aspirations as Nigerians,” he stated.

He said that if confirmed by the Senate, he will do his best to justify the confidence imposed in him by President Tinubu and Nigerians.

Other security chiefs including the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Christopher Musa, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, Chief of Air Staff AVM H.B Abubakar and IGP Kayode Egbetokun, were also part of the screening.

The screening continued behind closed doors after which the lawmakers emerged to confirmed the nomination of service chiefs.