Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has called for the creation of a Nigerian Army Division in Ogun state. Amosun stated this on Thursday while playing host to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Buratai in his office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
He disclosed that the state population has increased to over 7 million, just as the economy of the state has also expanded to the point where the state can be said to be ripe for an Army Division of its own.
According to him, “We want our own Army division here in Ogun state”, he pleaded. Governor Amosun also seized the opportunity to thank the Nigerian Army for the successes it has recorded against insurgency in the North East region of the country and cases of insecurity in other parts of the country.
“Nigerians are now happy with the military. We are happy that normalcy has returned to the North East region even to the point where Emirs who have earlier had to run away from their domains have now returned”, Amosun said. The Ogun state governor also commended the military for the recent return of one of the kidnapped Chibok girls, Aminat, while praying for the safe return of others still in captivity.
In his response, Lt. General Buratai thanked the state governor and people for the support the Nigerian Army has so far being enjoying in the state. He also urged Nigerians, especially those in the southern part of the country, to be extra vigilant due to the possibility of fleeing Boko Haram insurgents spreading to other parts of the country.
Buratai said: “Due to our activities in the North East, Boko Haram elements have fanned out to other parts of the country. “Some criminal elements now dress like Fulani herdsmen and go around the country committing crimes. “In fact, they could be part of the Boko Haram elements that have fanned out and it seems like once they run out of supplies, what they do is to attack vulnerable communities around them, looting and killing.”
The Army Chief however assured that the intelligence unit of the Nigerian Army is already on the trail of these criminal elements. He added that Nigerian Army is always willing and ready to operate efficiently in the overall benefit of the entire nation.