A group, the North-East Enlightenment Network has applauded the appointments of Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya as new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), and that of Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu as the new Director, Army Public Relations (DAPR).
In a press statement signed by its Publicity Secretary Danjuma Umar on Wednesday, the group said their appointments is a step in the right direction in the fight against insecurity.
While commending the COAS for promising to bring modern processes, strategies and tactics in the war against terrorism, they praised Nwachukwu’s deep knowledge of communication strategy and vast knowledge of military operations in the North-east.
The statement reads in part: “We are happy the Chief of Army Staff understands the way to go in restoring peace in the country. Gen. Yahaya during his time as Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole didn’t mince words as he fought the insurgents to a standstill.
“We are happy the COAS has deployed a sound communication veteran, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, with deep experience in the North-East to match the terrorists’ in the war of word for word.
“Just as the COAS identified modern processes, strategies and tactics in the fight against terrorism, Brig. Gen. Nwachukwu on assumption as DAPR established the fact that the sword or gun alone cannot, provide a panacea to the complex and multifaceted security challenges.
“The North-East Enlightenment Network (NEEN) is happy to have a COAS that understands the dynamics of the region. He has also gone ahead to deploy a communicator that understands the region.
“We in the North-East will continue to support the COAS to ensure peace is restored in the region.
“We appeal to our people to support the Nigerian Army and military in general to achieve peace in no distant time.”