Ten officers of the Nigerian Army
attached to the 81 Division in Lagos have been elevated from the ranks of
Colonel to Brigadier General (one star general) and Lieutenant Colonel to
Four officers moved from Colonels
to Brigadier Generals while six moved from Lieutenant Colonels to Colonels.
The General Officer Commanding 81
Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Ebenezar Oyefolu told the newly
promoted officers to work hard to assist in achieving the mission of the force
in building a professionally responsive army.
General Oyefolu, who spoke while
decorating the officers of the force advised them to continue to pray and work
He reminded them that promotion
comes with added responsibilities, noting, “to whom much is given, much is
He enjoined the newly promoted
officers to see the promotion as a call for more critical roles.
“Promotion comes from God alone;
so, I want to urge the newly promoted officers to continue to work and pray
harder and not be found wanting,” he said.
Among the officers promoted to the
rank of Brigadier General were Brigadier General John Agim who is at present,
the Commandant of Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information
(NASPRI) and Colonel Julius Ogbobe, the Land Component Commander of Operations,
Awatse, the task force fighting pipeline vandals in Arepo and Ishawo area of
The GOC urged the newly promoted
officers to remain loyal to the country and the President and
Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said they should work harder to
maintain the loyalty of their troops by addressing their welfare needs and
those of their families.
The spokesman of the Nigeria Army,
Brigadier General Sani Usman, who was also among the promoted officers had
earlier been decorated with his new rank of Brigadier-General by the Chief of
Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai in Abuja.
Similarly, the Directors of
Catholic and Protestant Chaplaincy of the force, Brigadier Generals Charles
Iroegbu and Dawuk Danfulani were also decorated with their new ranks by General
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army School
of Public Relations and Information (NSPRI) has graduated 75 officers in Public
Relations and Media Operations Courses.
Fifty soldiers graduated in
photography and journalism practice, 16 officers in Advance Public Relations
and nine officers in media operations.
The Commandant, Brig-Gen. John
Agim, noted that the course was meant to stimulate the officers and soldiers so
that when they have the opportunity to advise their commanders, they would do
that from the perspective of informed knowledge.
He expressed satisfaction with the
level of academic prowess displayed by the students and noted that the school
would continue to work assiduously to maintain the high standards it is known
On the performances of the
students, the Commandant said: “They did very well. We have a standard; any
student who performs below certain grade will not graduate. And I am happy with
the standard the students displayed.
“I hope when they go back to their
various units, they will put what they learnt into effective use” he said.