GOC 2 Division Pays Courtesy Visit to Oba Of Benin

…as he Promises Army’s Cordial Relationship

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division Nigerian Army (NA), Major General Obinna Onubogu, has promised the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty (HRM), Omo N’oba N’edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Ewuare II, Ogidigan ; the NA’s willingness to sustain its cordial relationship with the good people of Edo State. He gave the assurance during his courtesy visit to the Benin Monarch, in his Palace in Benin, Edo State, on Thursday 13 June 2024.

The GOC appreciated the Royal Father, for the warm reception given to him, stating that the opportunity to be in his Palace, would engender better understanding between the NA and its host community – Edo State, for improved operational activities and successes.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, NAM, has asked me to convey his best wishes to you and the good people of Edo State”,

the GOC said. He also sought the Royal Father’s blessings as he pilots the affairs of troops in 2 Division Area of Responsibility (AOR), particularly during the current realities of a challenging security situation in the area.

The Benin King, in his remarks, affirmed to having an age long relationship with the NA and the entire Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN).

He said the visit was special and very significant; owing to the fact that it would further reassure him and his people of a better and safer Edo. He thanked the GOC for the initiative, while pledging his full support and that of his kingdom, to the Division and the NA in general, towards ensuring sustained cordial relationship in order to guarantee a safer and secure environment.

Speaking further, Oba Ewuare II, commended the COAS for his exceptional leadership drive, which he said, has yielded tremendous successes in the fight against insecurity and criminal elements in the society.

He pledged the kingdom’s constant prayers for NA troops who make grave sacrifices to preserve the unity of Nigeria, while wishing all those who paid the supreme price in line of duty, a peaceful rest in God’s presence.

The event witnessed the presence of Traditional High Chiefs of the kingdom, some Commanders and Officers of 2 Division as well as members of the Royal Family. There were traditional prayers and breaking of kolanuts, presentation of souvenirs and group photograph to climax the event.

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