THE Nigerian Army Council has approved the promotion of 22 Brigadiers-General to the rank of Majors-General.
It also approved the promotion of 37 Colonels to the rank of Brigadier-General and 91 Lieutenants-Colonel to Colonel.
Among those promoted Major-General are Brigadiers-General Bola Koleoso (Nigerian Army Chief Spokesman), NO Ojiji (Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), H .A. Salihu (Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army), S .Z. Uba (Defence Headquarters), E.T. Nienge (Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport), David Enetie (Headquarters, Infantry Corps Centre), Mashudy O. Adekanye (Nigerian Army Ordnance School), John N. Nwaoga (Commander, 23 Brigade) and Patrick G. Ogah (Army Headquarters Directorate of Training and Operations).
Others are Brig.-Gens. Donald M.N. Oji (Nigerian Army Signals School), Tanko Y. Gaiya (AFCSC), Bamidele O. Ologundudu (Nigerian Defence College Abuja), Abbas O. Adekanye (Army Central Workshop), Tamunomieibi I. Dibi (Commander 1 Brigade), Tukur Y. Buratai (Commander 2 Brigade), Obi A. Umahi (Commander 4 Brigade), Chukwudi B.B. Odunukwe (Directorate of Data Processing), Sulaiman D. Aliyu (Defence Attache, China), Junaid S. Bindawa (Nigerian Army Armoured School (NAAS), Obidah T. Ethan (United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Obasina A. Ogunbiyi (Nigerian Army Medical Corps) and Friday M. Airende (Special Vehicle Plant).
Among those promoted to the substantive rank of Brigs-Gen. are Colonels Dennis M. Onoyiveta (former Aide-de-Camp to the late President Umar Yar’Adua), Adekunle O. Shodunke of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Ahmed M. Sabo of Army Headquarters Directorate of Administration (AHQ DOAA), Commander 54 Division Signals, Joseph A. Orokpo, Ibrahim Attahiru of DHQ, Peter J. Dauke of NAAS, Henry E. Ayamasaowei of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Augustine CC Agundu of Army Headquarters Garrison and Okwudili F. Azinta of the Joint Task Force Headquarters (Operation Pulo Shield).
And in New York, a gathering of the Nigerian diplomatic and military intelligence machinery in the United States, for the decoration-of-rank ceremony of Commander Saburi Abayomi Lawal promoted Navy Captain was occasion for sober reflection on the state of the nation’s defense personnel.
Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), Professor Joy Ogwu said the Nigerian military needs reinvention as well as a sustenance of its ideology and doctrine which enabled the nation to pursue it’s decolonization and Afro-centric diplomacy successfully in the years gone by.
Ogwu, herself a soldier’s daughter and former teacher at Nigeria’s military institutions maintained that Nigerian younger officers must navigate through the waters of order and rank to speak truth to power in determining the direction of the country’s military and it’s ability to protect the nation’s territorial integrity including other more specific operations for which it was set up.
She said: “NNS Aradu was launched in 1982. It was a geo- territorial flagship of our navy. What is the state of our capability today? Many have spoken of deterioration of facilities. How did it happen that South Africa could put a military boat near our shores over Cote d’Ivoire and we had no response. The concept of order should not deter you from speaking truth to power. What are you going to hand over to the younger generation? Dead operational vessels? The navy is the guardian of our domestic economy. What happened to the concept of the coastal guard? You cannot build on a vacuum.
“Our naval motto: ‘Onward Together’, epitomizes today’s ceremony.
I learnt many things from the military. The working method, discipline working order and commitment. Today, the Nigerian military is perhaps the last bastion of discipline in Nigeria. That is why I have consistently advocated that our officers be made ambassadors. The nation gains from that. It is important for us to emulate the best practices in our system.”
Also at the event were Nigeria’s Defense Adviser to the US , Brig-, Lt Colonel Julius Osifo, the Consul-General of the Nigerian Mission in New York, Habib Habu as well as the deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Usman Saki as well as officers at the Mission.
Ogunewe stressed that strict professionalism and unwavering focus as a policy is being implemented in such a way as the enhance the capability of the Charging Navy Captain Saburi Abayomi Lawal, on the defense of Nigeria’s interests abroad, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Usman Sarki, said the officer, who is an economist by training, was being elevated at the time Nigeria needs to make progress.
“The red tab that you wear on your shoulders carries weight. You are representing a great country. You have to see yourself first as a Nigerian.
Now, the economics of all our procurements will have to be in place. Your knowledge will be needed badly as we strive for best practices in our engagement with states as well as in the multilateral sector such as the UN,” he added.
The recipient promised to meet the expectations of the nation and the demands of future challenges.