Musa Na Allah Sokoto
Headquarters 8 Division of the Nigerian Army in Sokoto has bid farewell to its outgoing General Officer Commanding (GOC) Major General Uwen Bassey who was recently deployed to Army Headquarters.
The Division during the farewell staged a Regimental Parade in honor of the outgoing Army General who served the Division for 17 consecutive months as GOC.
The regimental parade is part of activities for handing and taking over the Division by the outgoing going and incoming GOC, Major General Godwin Mutkut.
In his farewell address to officers and soldiers at the parade ground Giginya Barracks, Major General Bassey warned Officers and soldiers to remain apolitical, as the country is about to witness another general election scheduled for February and March this year.
He urged Officers and soldiers to respect and uphold the constitution of the federal republic and allowed politicians to play their game hindrance.
General Bassey, however, said in the last 17 months of piloting the affairs of the 8 Division a lot has been achieved in the fight against what he called undesirable elements who have been terrorizing the division’s areas of responsibility.
He said the Division was able to successfully contain banditry with many weapons captured and recovered from bandits through operation Hadarin Daji with headquarters in Gusau Zamfara state.
According to him, the 17 months he spent in the 8 Division have been quite eventful in his life and carrier as a Military man.
The GOC further commended officers and soldiers of the Division for their loyalty and support to his administration
General Bassey, thanked the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Major general Faruk Yahaya, and chief of General staff General Tonny Iraboh for founding him worthy to serve in that capacity.
Bassey expressed delight with the kind support and cooperation he received from the officers and soldiers during his 17-month stay while urging the same to be extended to the new GOC, Major General, Godwin Mutkut as he takes the mantle of leadership of the Division.