The new Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya has been described by the Olowu Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama Tegbosun (III) as a tested war General who is equal to the task before him.
In a release issued by the Olowu’s media office in Kuta on Thursday, Oba Makama attested to the profile of General Yahaha and, thus, applauded his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The traditional ruler called on Nigerians to rally round the COAS in the assignment to bring an end to the insurgents and banditry in the country, just as he also advised him to ensure harmonious relationship with other service chiefs as well as those serving in the various operations across the country.
“I urge Nigerians to rally round Major General Yahaya bearing in mind that we all have our role(s) to play and ensure that we rid our country of undesirable elements within a shortest time possible,” he appealed.
Before his appointment on Thursday as the 22nd COAS, Maj Gen Yahaya was the Theatre Commander Operation HADIN KAI, responsible for Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in North East Nigeria.
He is a proud holder of several honours and awards, some of which include, Forces Service Star, Meritorious Service Star, Distinguished Service Star, Grand Service Star, Passed staff course (Dagger), National Defence Course (Chile), Economic Community of West Africa State Monitoring Group Medal, Command Medal, Field Command Medal, General Operations Medal, Silver Jubilee Medal and Golden Jubilee.
“I have no doubt the new COAS will succeed because he has always been a team player and a tested infantry General,” the Olowu assured.