Olukayode Michael, in Maiduguri
A new officer on Friday took charge of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army Maiduguri.
The new officer is Brigadier General Abdulmalik Biu and he replaces the outgoing GOC, Major General Ibrahim Yusuf, who is now posted to Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja as the Director, Nigerian Army Consult.
The acting new GOC on Friday at his maiden press briefing, held at the 7 Division Headquarters of the Nigerian Army Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri, acknowledged his predecessor for his numerous achievements while in charge of the Division, pledging to build on them.
He also promised to carry all and sundry along on board as he believe in open door policy and also vowed to carry the Division to greater heights, stressing that he believes in team building and will continue to build on the team work his predecessor has established in the discharge of his duty.
General Biu further said that he will try as much as possible to establish strategic leadership in the division while wishing the outgoing GOC a prosperous life and success in his new task at the Army headquarters Abuja.
The outgoing GOC, 7 Division Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Major General Ibrahim Yusuf expressed his appreciation to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for giving him the opportunity to serve as the GOC of the largest Division of the Nigerian Army in the country for at least one year.
He also thanked the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Theater Command, Major General Rogers Nicholas, staff of the 7 Division, Governor Kashim Shettima, International NGOs, Borno state government and good preppie of Borno, security agencies and other para military services as well as the vigilante group Civilian JTF and hunters for their support and contributions to the military and 7 Division in particualr during his stay.
He revealed that thousands IDPs were rescued from the captivity of the Boko Haram insurgency and as part of the Federal government policy and Nigerian Army mandate on humanitarian support, the Division has rendered lot of humanitarian services to the IDPs and surrendered Boko Haram insurgents as well as the leaders in line with the international standard through its military civil relations.
Yusuf pleaded for continued synergy in all operations, while acknowledging the contributions and support of all the stakeholders in the security operations including the CJTF urging them to also extend same and even more support and cooperation to his successor.
He noted that the Division has enjoyed optimum cooperation in the discharge of its responsibility while praying for the souls of the fallen heroes, calling on the Diplomatic Corps to continue to relate with the division in all it’s activities.