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Buhari decorates new commander

The newly-promoted Commander, Brigade of Guards, Major-General Mohammed Usman, has been adorned by President Muhammadu Buhari.

At the decoration ceremony, the President was assisted by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya and the wife of the celebrated Commander, Dr Rakiya Usman.

Commander Usman was decorated as the officer with the rank of Major-General.

President Buhari described the officer as an “outstanding” commander who is “serving the nation with great zeal”.

Speaking shortly after the ceremony in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the President recalled his own “tumultuous military career” which he said was marked by “coups, counter-coups and detention”.

He described General Usman as a “very lucky officer” to have risen to the height of his military career with “distinction and without hiccups”.

He also commended General Usman for his “diligence, loyalty, patience and handwork”.

“You are very lucky to have the health and ability to carry out your assignments,” the President hailed the newly-decorated General.

“Those who work with me know I am very difficult to satisfy. But I have never had any reason, whatsoever, to report you to the Chief of Army Staff or the Minister of Defense.

“Nobody has been able to touch me while you are here; I’m absolutely satisfied with your performance.”

The President said he would give the directive on Major-General Usman’s next assignment, considering that he, too, would soon be leaving office.

President Buhari recounted what he has often told people around him: “I will live far away from Abuja.”

He then commended the family of General Usman for their “patience in putting up with the challenging assignment he carries out with great attitude and steadfastness”.

In his own remarks, Major-General Usman thanked the President for his “outstanding support” to the Brigade of Guards, citing the approval for the procurement of 400 armored vehicles, which he said were enough to secure his area of responsibility, including the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa State and parts of Niger State.

He expressed happiness with the President for the promotion, saying that it would spur him to do even better in his assigned responsibilities.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Fany Olumoye and Tony Okerafor