COAS To Aggrieved Groups – Abandon Arms For Dialogue

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Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Taoreed Lagbaja has called on all aggrieved Nigerians who have taken up arms against the state to abandon their arms struggles and embrace dialogue.

General Lagbaja, who made the call shortly after addressing troops at the Nigeria Army Armoured Corps in Bauchi State on Wednesday, said it is only in an atmosphere of peace that the economy can thrive and all the good things they want from the government can be realized.

According to him; “I appeal to them to drop their arms and seek dialogue as well as other means through which their grievances can be adequately addressed”

The COAS charged the troops to remain disciplined, dedicated, and committed to discharging their roles, adding that his visit to Bauchi was to interact with the troops whom he acknowledged as the backbone of the fighting force and the bedrock of the Nigerian Army.

“Regardless of the challenges that we face in all the theatres, they must continue to remain resolute till we accomplish peace and security in the nation,” he said, assuring them that the complaints from the troops ranging from promotion, non-payment of salaries, officers using Heritage Bank, to peacekeeping among others, would be resolved soon.

“Most especially, those challenges that border on their pay and allowances, and that’s why I asked them to send messages directly to me because it is of utmost importance to me and they will be addressed”, the Army Chief further assured the troops

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