- President Muhammadu Buhari decorated commander of the guards brigade, Musa Yusuf, as a major-general in Abuja
- Buhari recounted that as a military man, officers earned the respect of their colleagues through experience and intellectual disposition
- He commended the guards brigade for its discipline and professionalism
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, December 5, had the opportunity to relive his days as a military officer in Nigeria at the decoration of a newly promoted general of the Nigerian army.
Buhari commended the guards brigade for demonstrating a high-level of discipline and professionalism expected from officers and men of the Nigerian army.
Speaking at the decoration ceremony of the commander of the guards brigade, Musa Yusuf, as a major-general, President Buhari said during his days in the military, officers earned the respect of their colleagues because of their intellectual disposition and experience in the field.
“An officer is what he is when he gets into the field. Certainly, there was the need for intellectual officers but then what you do in the field is what earns you respect from those who are under you,” he said.
The president added that it was instructive that the senior officer displayed a high level of discipline during his two-year stint as commander.
“I congratulate the Brigade Commander for his achievements these past two years.
“I never received any serious report of indiscipline in your formation that is in-charge of my security.
“I hope you will get a command that will complement your experiences in the political headquarters.
“I congratulate you very much for making it to this new rank at a very competitive time. I know there are so many Generals but when you go to the records you pick the best and place them at very strategic appointments,” he said.
A statement from his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the president expressed confidence that Major General Yusuf will bring his experience in the field to his next posting, as directed by the defence headquarters.
Yusuf, in his remarks, reaffirmed his “unalloyed loyalty and that of his troops to the President and Commander-in-Chief.”
He thanked President Buhari for the honour of decorating him with his new rank while extending the appreciation of his troops in Keffi, Nasarawa state and those at Gwagwalada, in the Federal Capital Territory to the president for the renovation works in the barracks.
“In Keffi, this is the first time in the last 25 years that 14 blocks of accommodation for soldiers are being renovated,” he said, adding that in Gwagwalada, the chief of army staff approved funds for renovation works in the barracks to make it habitable.
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The statement said Major General Yusuf, who was born on November 6, 1966, had served as a member of Nigerian contingent to the UN peacekeeping missions abroad.
He also reportedly served in ECOMOG and Operation Harmony in Bakassi, among several other appointments in army units and formations in the country.
Legit.ng earlier reported how President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to the Senate for the appointment of Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu as executive secretary of National Human Rights Commission.
The letter was read by Senate president Bukola Saraki during plenary on Tuesday, December 5.
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