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'He never led from the rear, he is always in the front' - Buratai Commends Gen. Adeniyi


Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai  has appraised Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi for the successes recorded during his leadership as Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD).

This followed the redeployment of the army general as a research fellow at Nigerian Army Resource Centre(NARC) in Abuja, just after a video of him complaining about Boko Haram insurgents having more ammunition than soldiers went viral on social media.

Commending him at a dinner organised in honour of Adeniyi at the Military Command Guest House in Maiduguri on Saturday night, Buratai said the emergence of the General as the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD), marked a turning point in the fight against Boko Haram.

The COAS said;

“Adeniyi came at a point when virtually most of the FOBs were falling and his coming was a turning point in Lafiya Dole’s operation.

“He never led from the rear, he is always in the front; that is the type of leadership that is required and that is an excellent attribute of a field leader. I have always emphasised that you must lead by example.

“This one; no matter the lapses, no matter the inadequacies and no matter what happened, nobody can take that away from him as part of his successes.

“He came at a time when things were already crumbling and his leadership style turned things around to bring us to where we are today.

“So Adeniyi, be rest assured that you have made your mark. You are leaving the Theatre, but you will be required to share the experience you have gathered here. You will be consulted accordingly."

Meanwhile, Maj.-Gen. Farouq Yahaya, the new Theatre Commander of OPLD, promised the Chief of Army Staff that he would do his best to fufill the vision, mandate and objective of the operation.

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