GOC 8 Division reaffirms commitment to free, fair polls

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As the 2023 general elections get closer, the General Officer Commander, 8 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Godwin Mutkut, has assured residents the division of the Nigerian Army readiness to ensure the 2023 general elections is free, fair and credible.

The Army Chief stated this at the Gingiya Barracks, Sokoto, on Saturday during the 2022 end of the year West African Social Activities traditional events.

The WASA, a tradition upheld by the Nigerian Army, is a social function inherited from the colonial era in the Second World War during which indigenous Nigerian Army personnel celebrate their cultural heritage at the end of every year in a conducive atmosphere to foster espirit de corp.

The event brings officers, soldiers, family members and the communities together to celebrate and socialise.

The age long tradition includes the display of our rich cultures and cuisines, burn fire, dancing other entertainment as well as the beating of the retreat.

The GOC said Nigerian Army over the past decades had been engaged in operations, both home and abroad in its effort to sustain peace and protect its national territory integrity.

“In line with the Chief of Army Staff’s vsion which is to have ‘A Professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria’, I am proud to say that the officers and soldiers of 8 Division Nigerian Army have done exceptionally well as evident in the current level of peace and security within Sokoto state.


“Not relenting, 8 Division Nigerian Army will continue to be committed and more response responsive in discharging its constitutional roles. In this stead, the Division is aptly ready to support all the relevant security agencies and authorities to aptly shape the environment to ensure that the forthcoming general elections are conducted in a free and fair atmosphere.

” On this note, my sincere gratitude goes to the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari for his numerous supports to the leadership of the Nigerian Army. To our amiable Chief of Army Staff, we are most grateful for your directions and necessary support” he added.

In his remarks, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, commended the Nigerian Army for sustaining peace and tranquility in the state.

Tambuwal who was represented by the Secretary to the State government, Mainasara Ahmed, said the Nigerian Army and other security agencies the state government will continue to support in defeating all criminal elements in the State.

Highlight of the events was the award of excellence for some of the troops who distinguished themselves in the outgoing year as well as display of cultural dance by different ethnic groups in the state to the admiration of everyone.