- Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Faruk Yahaya, was decorated on Wednesday, July 7, in Abuja
- The decoration of the Nigerian Army's boss was done at the FEC meeting by President Muhammadu Buhari
- Yahaya, during the ceremony, said soldiers are poised now more than ever to subdue insurgency and banditry across the country
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During the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, July 7, President Muhammadu Buhari decorated Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major-General Faruk Yahaya.
Speaking on the achievements of the NA since his appointment, COAS Yahaya stated that Nigerian troops have neutralised many bandits and will maintain the good work.
“Many of them (bandits and criminal elements) have been sent to God to answer for their crimes, and we will continue to do that.”
Senate confirms Major-General Yahaya as COAS
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate had approved the nomination of Yahaya for appointment as the country's COAS.
This was made known in a statement by Ezrel Tabiowo, special assistant (Press) to the president of the Senate, and made available to Legit.ng.
The confirmation was made during the plenary of the lawmakers on Tuesday, June 22, following the consideration of a report by the Joint Committee of Defence and Army.
The upper legislative chamber okayed Yahaya's appointment after the presentation and consideration of the report by Aliyu Wamakko, chairman of the Senate committee on defence.
Why I appointed General Yahaya as COAS
Earlier, President Buhari had justified the appointment of Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff.
The Nigerian president said on Thursday, June 10, that one of the reasons for selecting Yahaya ahead of other superiors was because of his experience in fighting Boko Haram in the northeast.
The president stated that an additional factor was that the general had the support and understanding of the troops.