News

“LAGOS MUST BE SAFE” – CDS

191views

…VISITS SANWO-OLU, OBA OF LAGOS

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Gwabin Musa has paid courtesy calls to the executive Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Alausa State House and the Oba of Lagos, Chief Rilwan Babatunde Akiolu respectively.

The visit carried out on the 13th of May 2024, was part of the CDS operational tour of military formations and to consult with critical stakeholders to seek solutions to the country’s insecurity as revealed by the Director, Defence Information (DDI), Brig Gen Tukur Gusau in Abuja on Tuesday.

In his remarks at the government house, the CDS applauded the state Governor for all he is doing to improve life in Lagos. According to General Musa, Lagos is critical to the nation’s economy and a true reflection of Nigeria.

He thanked the Governor for hosting Prince Harry and his wife, Princess Meghan while noting that, in consideration of the world’s attention to the visit of the royalty to Nigeria, it became imperative to invite the duo.

He further commended the improved security in Lagos State and thanked Mr. Sanwo-Olu for allocating about 50 hectares of land to the Nigeria Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, Lagos to improve agriculture.

General Musa also seized the opportunity to brief the Lagos State governor on his intention to ensure the capacity of members of the AFN by venturing into large-scale agricultural practice, which he said would certainly improve human life. He added that this is in line with his philosophy concept, which is people-centred. He pledged that the AFN will remain fair and committed to all Nigerians.

The CDS further seeks the Lagos State government support towards building the proposed Invictus Centre to cater to the recovery process of wounded, injured and traumatised serving military personnel and veterans. He thanked the governor for his remarkable achievements in Lagos.

Responding during the visit, governor Sanwo-Olu commended the military for its steadfastness, saying “We have witnessed a sharp decline in criminal attacks”. He thanked the CDS for working tirelessly for the good of Nigeria and Nigerians. He said the CDS leadership concept is also in line with the state philosophy.

Governor Sanwo-Olu added that since the appointment of General Musa as the CDS, the nation has been experiencing peace and a commendable decline in criminal activities. He showed appreciation to all military formations and other security agencies in Lagos for their commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property.  He promised to offer direct support to the military in the state when the need arose.

Furthermore, the Lagos governor said security architecture is working in Lagos based on General Musa’s initiatives. He also congratulates the CDS’ noble idea of inviting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Nigeria, adding that it will boost the mental Wellness of wounded soldiers. According to him, the government will support the development and construction of the Invictus Centre in Nigeria.

At the Oba of Lagos Palace, the Chief of Defence Staff thanked the traditional ruler for his constant support to the Armed Forces of Nigeria. He assured the Oba that the AFN resolves to secure Lagos. The Oba appreciated the CDS for finding time to visit him. Oba Akiolu said the commitment of CDS towards achieving security in Nigeria shows that there is hope. He finally thanked members of the military and other security Agencies for making Lagos the most peaceful state in   Nigeria.

The CDS was also at military formations in Lagos for the operational visit, where he charged personnel to redouble efforts towards ridding the nation of insecurity.

Leave a Response