The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya visited the Gbong Gwon Jos, and Chairman of Plateau state traditional council, Da Jacob Gyang Buba at his palace in Jos Plateau to pay homage and assure the traditional council that the Nigerian Army will continue to work in restoring peace and security to State.
Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya who was in Jos Plateau to deliver a lecture at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS Kuru also earlier visited Plateau State Governor, Simon Bako Lalong at the Government House in Rayfield.
General Yahaya thanked the traditional ruler for supporting the Army structure and also noted that the army respects traditional institutions and acknowledges the role of traditional rulers most especially in reaching out to some of their subjects for the purpose of promoting peace. He said the efforts of the traditional institution in promoting peace through non-kinetic means remain valuable and key to engendering peaceful coexistence in the state and even beyond.
He further encouraged the royal father to continue in his steps as the father of all and assist the security agencies most especially in admonishing his subjects, to point out criminal elements within the community in aiding the work of his men. He said the Army through Operation Safe Haven and the 3rd Armored Division will not relent in its operational duties of dealing with criminal elements who are working against the peace of the State and country at large.
The Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, while welcoming the Army Chief to Plateau State said he was delighted by the visit which further goes to assure plateau people of the commitment and efforts of the security in protecting lives and property.
The traditional father commended the effort of the Army chief and that of his officers and men who are sacrificing their lives and comfort to ensure peace in the state and in Nigeria at large.
He noted that despite the fact that it is God who has the solution to lasting peace but however our collective failures over the years have led to the point of insecurity being experienced in the state. However, he acknowledged that the Army is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring law and order, however, it is also now playing the extra role of promoting peace which is supposed to be the primary role of the Government.
The royal father maintained that the traditional institution will continue to discharge their duties as best as they can and also work with security agencies to restore law and order and peace at large.
He said in his role as a father, he will continue to pray to God to guide and empower the army chief and GOC 3Div who also doubles as the commander operation safe haven and encouraged them to carry out their duty seamlessly to Plateau People.