Ibadan Hosts Chief of Army Staff Conference
Ibadan city is currently hosting the 2017 4th quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference as Lt. Gen Yusuf Buratai, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Major Gen Ike Nwachukwu (retd), are among eminent Nigerians at the Conference 2017.
The six-day conference is being hosted by the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army in Ibadan. The conference started on Monday, 10th of December at World Lilies Event Place, Apata, Ibadan is expected to end on Wednesday the 15th of December, 2017.
President Muhammadu Buhari who was expected to be the special guest of honour at the opening of the conference was duly represented. Major Gen, Ike Nwachukwu (retd) delivered a lecture yesterday, 11th of December 2017 on the topic: ‘Safeguarding Nigeria’s Unity and Sovereignty: A Patriotic and Constitutional Imperative for the Nigerian Army.’
The choice of hosting this auspicious event in Ibadan Oyo State is pursuant to the Chief of Army Staff’s desire to exercise all Nigerian Army formations in hosting strategic level events of this nature. Under the current circumstances, Headquarters 2 Division Ibadan has been granted the privilege of hosting the entire Nigerian Army for the Annual Conference 2017.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Monday commended the army for its support in ensuring the security of lives and properties in the state. The governor gave this commendation in Ibadan while receiving the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, who visited him in his office.
Ajimobi said that the Nigerian Army had released some of its men to lead a special task force set up by his administration to restore peace and order in the state.
“The state before our assumption of office in 2011 was popularly known as a garrison where brigandage, thuggery and other criminal activities were the order of the day. “When we assumed office, we set up a special task force known as ‘Operation Burst’ which involved the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Nigeria Air Force which was led by the Nigerian Army. “Today, Oyo State is one of the safest states in the country. We want you to help us commend your personnel for their support,” he said.
The governor also described Buratai as a worthy leader who epitomizes professionalism in status and character. Earlier, Buratai had said that he was in Ibadan for the COAS Annual Conference where senior officers meet to brainstorm. “The conference is an annual ritual where top brass of the Nigerian Army gather to brainstorm on what transpired during the year, analyze and focus on activities of the following year,” he said.
He said that the army had chosen the state after considering its strategic importance.
“We are also here to rub minds and interact with stakeholders in the academia, civil society and government functionaries to have a very good background for subsequent years. “This would help us a lot in terms of training, operations and general administration,” he said. Buratai acknowledged the support received by the army, hinging this on the cordial working relationship with the state government.