The General Officer Commanding (GOC) the Nigerian Army’s 82 Division, Enugu, Major-General Adamu Abubakar, has revealed that the crisis in Ohaji Egbema, Imo State, may escalate if appropriate measures were not taken to nip it in the bud, noting that journalists should carry out thorough investigations about the roots of the crisis and report objectively.
Abubakar made the call when he received in audience members of the correspondents chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists who paid him a courtesy visit last week.
He commended the chapel for the peaceful election which ushered in a new leadership and promised that the Division will continue to collaborate with journalists in the state.
Speaking about the army’s role in the recent governorship election in Anambra State, he said that the peace observed during the exercise was a direct result of the security provided by soldiers.
“This is the first exercise we have embarked on without blame and complaints from anywhere. Our soldiers were professional and their conduct did not in any way disrupt the election. The Anambra State template will be used in subsequent elections,” he said, adding that it was the collaborative effort with other sister security agencies “that did it”.
Earlier, the newly elected chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Comrade Emma Nweze, commended the GOC for the professional way soldiers deployed during the governorship election in Anambra State discharged their duties.
He also lauded the achievements of the GOC since he assumed office, citing his resolution of the over 20-year water problem in the barracks through the construction of a water reservoir which also serves civilian communities around the barracks as a major highlight.
Members of the chapel also visited the commissioner for local government, Honorable Chijioke Edeoga, and the zonal director of the Nigerian Television Authority’s Network Centre in Enugu, Mr. Leyie Nwinyodee, who both pledged their support to the new executive. They urged journalists to carry out their duties deligently and report objectively.