The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Farouk Yahaya, to go after Boko Haram, bandits, and other criminal elements terrorising the country.
In a statement on Thursday by the National Caretaker Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, the ruling party also applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Yahaya as the new Army Chief.
The ruling party said it is confident that Yahaya will repose the President’s confidence in him by doing everything to stem the tide of insecurity.
It noted that the success of the military is a collective success as a party and nation, wishing Yahaya success in his new, important and strategic national assignment.
The statement reads: “On behalf of the National Chairman of the Party’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), H.E. Governor Mai Mala Buni, we urge the new Chief of Army Staff to consolidate on the successes recorded by the military in tackling all security threats in the country.
“This could be achieved and deepened sustainably through increased collaboration among the security services and communities. More vigilance and increased cooperation and support through sharing information can pave way for faster mopping up the remnants of the insurgents and ending banditry and kidnapping in parts of the country.
“The APC notes with satisfaction that the President Buhari-led administration has prioritised the provision of more and advanced equipment for the armed forces which has enhanced their operational capability against elements posing threats to the country’s internal security.
“A battlefield commander with considerable experience, Major General Farouk Yahaya will as Chief of Army Staff, lead a thoroughly professional, adequately equipped and highly motivated officers and troops in their duty of protecting the territorial integrity of our country.”