Brigadier General Ali Nani has been appointed as the new General Officer Commanding, GOC 8 Division, Nigeria Army in Borno State.
General Nani takes the mantle of leadership from the outgoing Acting GOC, Brigadier General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, who stepped down on Thursday.
A statement signed by the acting spokesperson of 7 Division NA, Lieutenant Wenke Tonye, on Thursday in Maiduguri said Mr. Nani commended the outgoing GOC for steering the affairs of the division in its fight to crush terrorists and insurgents out of Borno State.
He also appealed to officers and soldiers of the division to work as a family and endeavor to render useful advice to him always in order to serve them and the Nigeria Army effectively.
Mr. Nani added that achieving the desired results would only be possible with troops’ commitment, professionalism and hard work while executing their assigned tasks.
The new GOC promised to work with the commanders’ various security agencies, including GOC 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu , 79 Composite Group, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Charles Ohwo, and others to flush the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in the State and northeast at large.
Outgoing Acting GOC, Brigadier General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo asked the officers and soldiers to accord the same cooperation to the incoming GOC.
Mr. Okonkwo expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for giving him the opportunity to serve in that capacity while thanking God for seeing him through despite the numerous challenges in the division.
Recall that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai in January, announced the establishment of the Nigerian Army 8 Division located in Borno State.
The establishment of the new division, according to Buratai was part of a strategic plan by the army to boost military operations against terrorists particularly in areas around the Lake Chad Basin.