Maj.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has assumed duty as General Officer Commanding at the 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna.
Yahaya took over from Maj.-Gen. Mohammed Mohammed who served as GOC from October 26, 2017 until his transfer to head the Signals Corps.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that until his new appointment, Yahaya was the Army Secretary at the Army Headquarters, Abuja.
He told officers and men of the Division to be professional and responsive in the discharge of their constitutional roles, adding, “I expect nothing less, but more.”
Yahaya urged them to support him in consolidating the achievements recorded under the outgoing GOC, assuring that he would be decisive and professional in handling situations.
He stressed that their operations must be guided by rules of engagement.
“I urge you all to remain steadfast. We should be apolitical and be committed to our areas of responsibility. You must conduct yourselves well and be professional in the discharge of your duties,” the GOC added.
Earlier, the outgoing GOC had expressed appreciation to all for their tremendous support during his 15 months service as GOC, and urged them to redouble their support and cooperation to the new GOC.
Mohammed said it was important to work as a team in order to ensure stability in the command’s area of operation.
He charged the officers and men to remain apolitical and “support the civil authority in discharging their constitutional responsibilities.”