Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong is excited over the promotion of more senior officers in the Nigerian Armed Forces from Plateau State who are among the 235 Generals, Rear Admirals, AVMs, and others promoted across the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force recently.
In a statement signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr. Makut Simon Macham, om Monday in Jos, said amongst them are two Major Generals, ES Buba and GM Mutkut; one Air Vice Marshal, PD Masiyer; Rear Admiral, AD Bingel; and others promoted ranks equivalent of Brigadier General.
Governor Lalong, who described their promotion as the will of God, said the promoted officers also played their roles in making the will of God possible in their lives by serving the nation with diligence, honesty, patriotism and selflessness.
The Governor said he was not surprised by their elevation as they were selected for this well-deserved promotion because they have remained consistent and focused to their call since joining the various services.
He said “While we relish in this moment of joy, I wish to remind you that this is another responsibility that you must discharge with loyalty and the highest sense of duty. It is now time to redouble your efforts to justify this promotion as you serve the nation and support the Chief of Defence Staff and other Service Chiefs to carry out the mandate of defending Nigeria’s territorial integrity and dealing with all threats to national security”.
Lalong also challenged them to sustain the long tradition of gallantry and patriotism established by their predecessors in the Nigerian Armed Forces by raising the bar especially now that Nigeria is confronting various security challenges orchestrated by insurgents, terrorists and other violent criminals that want to destabilise the peace, unity and economic prosperity of the nation.
“As Ambassadors of Plateau State, you should do your best to sustain the rich legacy of bravery, excellence, discipline, loyalty and honesty that Plateau sons and daughters have established within the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the years, in order to motivate and inspire the upcoming generation. We shall continue to pray for you and support you as you give your very best to the nation and by extension Plateau State at this very crucial moment of our history”.
Lalong also used the opportunity to appreciate the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR for approving the appointments, as well as the Minister of Defence Gen. Bashir Magashi, the Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Lucky Irabor and other Service Chiefs for ensuring that all those promoted were treated on merit.