The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Tukur Buratai has said that the Nigerian army will remain on its feet in the battle against insecurity until the country becomes safe for everyone.

He was represented by Lamidi Adeosun, a lieutenant-general, at the passing out parade of the 79 regular recruit intake (79 RRI) in Zaria, on Saturday.

Buratai who lamented that Nigeria is facing numerous security challenges such as Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, and other criminal elements “that are making life unbearable,” however congratulated the fresh recruits and tasked them on loyalty, selfless service, courage, discipline, integrity, respect for others, and other core values of the army.

“I wish to state that we will continue to tackle this threat headlong until the country is safe for all,” he said.

“You are expected to always put in your utmost best in order to sustain these values through high professional standards.

“I urge you to assimilate and maintain the mental, physical and spiritual training given to you by this institution and the ones you will be exposed to, in your units and formations,” he said

African Group commends Ganduje over NCDC’s affirmation of Kano’s highest covid-19 tests in Nigeria

Following the announcement by the Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, that Kano was the state with the highest number of COVID-19 tests as obtained last week, Coalition Against COVID-19 in Africa (CACinAf) has hailed Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for the historic development.

This was made known through a letter sent to the Governor, that was signed by John Kumasi Attah, the West African Coordinator of the group, dated Friday, 26th June, 2020, which discloses that they had agreed to send the letter after the virtual meeting of the group’s Executive meeting.

It was sent to the governor in less than 24 hours after Dr Ihekweazu’s commendation for the Kano performance, during the Presidential Task Force briefing on Thursday, 25th June, in Abuja.

“We are extremely delighted over the unrelenting efforts made by the Kano state government under Dr Abdullahi Omar Ganduje, OFR, against the global pandemic of COVID-19. Since the governor made it clear a few days back how Kano was winning the war, we knew all stakeholders were watching with keen interest,” the letter stated.

The letter reads, “We can see how Kano state is leading in this fight. We knew many strategic ways of COVID-19 response were copied from Kano state. Such things include boundary closure, inclusion of traditional institutions, training and re-training of health workers, till when the state became the Training Centre for Northern Nigeria, among many other things.”

They further observed that it was in appreciation of Kano’s genuine effort and performance that moved many other stakeholders, to help the state in many ways possible.

“An example of which were contributions of Testing Centres by bodies, like Dangote Foundation, E-Health Africa and Bayero University, Kano, many more samples collection Centres were contributed to the state and other contributions of palliatives from many individuals and organisations,” said the letter.

CACinAf further encourages governor Ganduje to keep the good effort up, for the fact that his people are genuinely benefitting from it, adding that, “Not only within Nigeria, his efforts are viewed from other African states. No matter what, Ganduje, is one of the leading flagships of the fight against COVID-19 in Africa.”


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