Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has charged the new commander, 27 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Damaturu Brigadier General C.A Apere to build on the ‘excellent record of committed fight against Boko Haram’ by his predecessor, Col, Bako.
The governor spoke on Monday, when the new Army Commander paid courtesy call on him at the Government House, Damaturu.
Governor Gaidam, who observed that Boko Haram was on the path to total defeat, attributed the successes recorded so far to the hard work of officers and men of the Nigerian army deployed to the State.
The governor heaped encomiums on the outgoing commander of the 27 Task Force Brigade, Col. Bako describing him as a professional and committed officer, who symbolised the fight against insurgency in the State.
“Across Yobe State, people are very excited with the work that Col Boko has done.
Many people here associate the successes recorded against Boko Haram to the hard work of Col Bako and other army commanders.
“I am confident you will build and expand on this excellent record that Col Bako has achieved so that together we will bring the Boko Haram insurgency to an end”, Gov. Gaidam said.
The governor assured the new army commander of his determination to continue to support the military and other security agencies to ensure the full restoration of peace and security in the State.
The new army commander, Brigadier General Apere, who expressed appreciation with the warm welcome he received since he reported in Yobe State, assured the governor that under his command, the 27 Task Force Brigade will do even more to ensure the safety and security of the people of Yobe State.
The Commander said Yobe is second home to him giving that he began his military career in the State at Nguru back in 1991.
“Yobe is home to me. I began from the Recce Battalion Nguru. Yobe people are hospitable. We will work together to ensure peace and security in the State”, he said.
The outgoing Commander, Col Bako, who was also part of the courtesy visit on the governor, expressed gratitude to the Yobe State Government for all support that the army received during his tenure and commander, and expressed the hope that the spirit of support and partnership will continue.