The newly appointed Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, has assumed office as the 23rd Army Chief with a pledge to discharge his responsibilities with fairness to all.
He received the baton from the 22nd Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya (rtd), during a ceremony at the Army Headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
Lagbaja was appointed Chief of Army Staff by President Bola Tinubu on Monday evening following sweeping change of the nation’s heads of security Services, which affected the former Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police.
Lagbaja, who promised to improve on the legacies of his predecessors of a proficient and professional Nigeria Army, said hard work will be rewarded under his watch.
In attendance are senior military officers, and heads of various departments within the army.
Earlier, the immediate-past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yahaya said he was leaving the Nigeria Army better than he met it.
Gen. Yahaya added that the Nigeria Army made remarkable successes in the fight against insecurity under his command.
He added, “our adversaries are in disarray across all theatres of operations.”
While charging officers and men of the Nigeria Army to remain resolute, apolitical and professional in the discharge of their duties, he urged them to support the new COAS to achieve a nation free of internal threats.