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We'll continue to patronize Made-in-Aba products, Army assures Abia Governor Featured

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Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpezu, with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Burutai, when the latter visited at Government House, Umuahia. Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpezu, with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Yusuf Burutai, when the latter visited at Government House, Umuahia. Credits: Press Unit, Government House, Umuahia.

The Chief of Army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Burutail, has assured the Governor of Abia State that the Nigerian military will continue to patronise Made-in-Aba products, including uniforms and boots.

General Buratai gave the assurance when he led a delegation of high ranking military officers on a courtesy visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu at the Government House, Umuahia.

According to him, the military has directed their suppliers to emphasize on Made-in-Nigeria, stressing that the patronage was motivated by the Governor's letter he received months ago.

He thanked the Governor for the excellent relationship existing between the Army and the good people of Abia State.

The army boss said he was in Abia to assess the progress of the "Operation Python Dance" which the military launched to mark her end of the year training activities.

He also assured his host and the people of Abia State that “Operation Python Dance” is a peaceful engagement that builds synergy between the army and other security agencies.

The army chief emphasized that the army is not out to intimidate or harass anybody, stressing that Nigerian army and other security services belong to the Nigerian people, and promised that the army will  not intimidate law abiding citizen, adding that  the security of law abiding Nigerians is the primary concern of the army.

General Burutai who is visiting the state for the first time since his appointment stated that the Nigerian Army has succeeded in maintaining peace in the country as well as defending Nigerian territories against external aggression.

Responding, Governor Ikpeazu thanked the military for their support to his administration's push to boost patronage of made in Aba products.  He observed that the Leadership of the Army under Lt General Buratai, has performed well in internal security operations, especially in the volatile north east region of the country.

Governor Ikpeazu also told his guest that he believes his visit to Abia will further boost the morale of soldiers and other residents of Abia state.

Governor Ikpeazu cautioned Nigerians to respect one another regardless of the position they find themselves.

The high point of the courtesy visit was the donation of 2 new Hilux vehicles to the Military Chief by the Governor, which were later handed over to Brig. Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu of the 14 Brigade Barracks, Ohafia, Abia State, by Lt.-Gen. Buratai.  

Brigadier General Fejokwu assured that the vehicles will be utilized for the benefit of the good people of Abia.

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