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COAS Yahaya: We have sent many bandits to God



The chief of army staff, Faruk Yahaya has said the Nigerian army would continue to wage war against bandits and other criminals terrorising the country. 

Yahaya stated this when spoke with journalists on Wednesday after he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general. 

He said, many of those disturbing the country’s peace “have been sent to God to go and answer for their crimes”. 

Yahaya’s decoration as army chief was held before the commencement of the weekly federal executive council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday. 

President Muhammadu Buhari was assisted in decorating Yahaya by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and Salamatu Yahaya, the wife of the army chief. 

After his decoration, the army chief pledged his loyalty to the president and the country. 

“I want to most sincerely appreciate the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces for the confidence reposed in me and now being decorated lieutenant general, ” he said. 

“I want to pledge my unalloyed loyalty, on behalf of the officers and men of the Nigerian Army. We would also continue to do our very best to arrest the current insecurity, which includes insurgency and other violent crimes. 

“We are already getting successes and we will leverage on that including our experience in this job and by the grace of God we will get there.”

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