The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has affirmed the commitment of the Nigerian Army towards keeping Nigerians safe.
COAS Buratai said the army will keep playing vital roles not only by giving security assurance but by giving infrastructural and economic development across the country.
Buratai made the disclosure at the official commissioning of historical Kuta-Ikoyi- Ede Osun bridge and Olowu of Kuta new palace hall on Monday in Ayedire local government area of Osun State.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting all Nigerian Army programmes which he said has assisted them the completion of the bridge for the use of the populace.
According to him, “Nigerian Army Engineering Institution is one that has played very important role in infrastructural and economic development across the country.
“After the civil war, all the roads that were constructed in those days by Nigerian Army Engineers are professional, expert and delivered quality result at a very cheap cost.
Commending former governor of the state who is now the Minister for Interiors, Buratai said “We must give credit to the effort of the past administration they made by providing construction materials for the construction of the bridge.
Speaking, Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, charged the communities to use the advantage of the new bridge for their economic benefits.
Governor Oyetola said roads and bridges are crucial for social economic and development of people and their communities.
He said, on our part, we have embarked on many roads across the three senatorial districts in the state to improve the social economic lives of the people.
Oyetola said the palace that is being commissioned serves an headquarters image to the community which he said communicated the essence of the image of the communities to the world.
He added that the monarch has been a strong pillar in supporting the government efforts by ensuring that peace is sustained in his domain.
Eulogizing the Chief of Army Staff, Governor Oyetola praised Buratai as a gentleman; a gallant soldier who has shown the character of omoluabi by constructing the bridge to glory of God and benefit of the people of Kuta, Ikoyi and Ede.
Oyetola further stressed that, General Buratai has always assisted Osun with security; he has given maximum support to the state’s security initiatives under his administration.
The highly elated monarch, Oba Hammed Adekunle Oyelude Makama Tegbosun III appreciated the Nigerian Army for the construction of the bridge which he noted took the three communities over one hundred years to achieve.
In his saying, “the people of Ede, Ikoyi and Kuta will forever remember the bridge builder.”
“General Yusuf Buratai is that angel dispersed from heaven, a messiah God used to free our community from being a root that lead to nowhere.
“I thank President Muhammadu Buhari for having confidence in Lt. General Buratai led Nigerian Army.
“When I became Olowu of Kuta few years ago I made a covenant with God and my ancestors to use every contact and connection at my hand to advance development of Kuta.
“It was the spirit behind the construction of Olowu palace which we are commissioning today, that same spirit took me to sought help from Gen. Buratai for the construction of Osun bridge, the monarch added.
He, however, implored citizens to continue their support for Nigeria Armed Forces.