The Olowu of Kuta, His Royal Majesty Oba Oyelude Makama, Tegbosun 111, has congratulated Major General Farouk Yahaya over his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari as the new Chief of Army Staff.
Olowu, in a statement signed and made available to AMILOADED by his media office on Thursday, hailed President Buhari for the new appointment, describing the new COAS as “a war-tested General who is equal to the task”.
The Osun monarch, however, urged Nigerians to support Major General Yahaya in the onerous task of defeating security challenges bewildering the country.
Olowu further enjoined the new Army Chief to ensure harmonious working relationship with other Service Chiefs and those serving in various operations across the country.
The monarch stated, “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.
“Before his appointment on Thursday as the 22nd COAS, Maj Gen Faruk Yahaya was the Theatre Commander Operation HADIN KAI, responsible for Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in North East Nigeria.
“The new COAS 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 DefenceCourse (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.”