Bajowa tasks Buhari on recession, lauds military’s victory over terrorism
A retired General in the Nigerian Army, Dr. Olu Bajowa (OFR) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be resilient in his resolve to quell the menace of terrorism in the country and solving the many challenges confronting the nation.
Bajowa, who is also the Jagunmolu of Ikaleland, said this at the occasion of his 76th birthday in GRA residence, Lagos State, where he celebrated with families, friends and associates in low profile.
He recounted, with nostalgia, his military and public service experiences particularly as a former Commandant and Director-General-Permanent Secretary of the Nigeria Armed Forces (NAF) and Staff College, Jaji and Ministry of Defense respectively.
He saluted the courage, doggedness and gallantry of the Armed Forces in maintaining peace and orderliness in the polity under the leadership of President Buhari whom he said is a tested General with sound military credentials.
Bajowa paid tribute to the fallen heroes who made the supreme sacrifice in the resolve to keep Nigeria united, expressing pride in the commitment of the military in combating insurgency, which is a threat to the security and territorial integrity of the nation.
He averred that Nigeria is endowed with natural and human resources for sustainable development to facilitate the empowerment of women and the youths.
Bajowa declared that the security and economic challenges facing the nation at the moment are temporary phenomena peculiar to any developing nation across the globe.
“Our strength is in our diversity, any thought of break-up will be suicidal. Dialogue, mutuality and above all patriotism are the panacea,” he said.
He enjoined Buhari and all those who are in position of authority in governance not to give up on their efforts to restore the glory of the nation and bring representative democracy to the masses.
“God will give them the wisdom and tenacity to lead Nigeria aright and get us out of the present economic recession, enjoy dividends of democracy and alleviate hunger and poverty in the land so as to make life more abundant for the people in a reformed Nigeria,” he added.
Pastor Segun Ige, who officiated at the thanksgiving service, centred his sermon on Psalms 90 and 92, giving praises to God for His abundant blessings, protection and mercy thus far on the celebrant; and for aging gracefully.
Ige, alongside others that were at the occasion, prayed for his nucleus family, the Bajowa Royal family, his staff, the good citizens of Ondo State and Nigeria that God should continue to grant the country peace and tranquility.