Army Appoints Colonel Sani As New Spokesperson
THE Nigerian Army Friday announced Colonel Usman Sani as its new spokesperson. With the appointment, Sani formally took over as the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR).
Sani, while taking over from Brigadier-General Olajide Layele and acknowledging that he is aware of the demands of the office, said his predecessor has succeeded in lifting the department to a better height and he pleged to build on what he “has done and also give my very best to the Nigerian Army”.
Sani, who was until his appointment was the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 7 Division Nigerian Army in the North East before the appointment as the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, was commissioned as a Lieutenant into the Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR) in 1992.
He also craved more understanding from the media and all stakeholders, saying that he would be relating with them in the course of carrying out his responsibilities, even as he appealed for support from other personnel in the department.
Earlier in his handover message, Layele, who is now the Brigade Commander of 4th Army Brigade, Benin, Edo State, said the support he enjoyed from the media was commendable and appreciated, adding that the same cooperation should be extended to his successor as both of them are working for the interest of the Nigerian Army.
“To gentlemen of the press, you have been wonderful all throughout and I want you not to relent on your oars. Continue to give us your cooperation and understanding bearing in mind that the Army, indeed the country, is facing a critical challenge posed by the Boko Haram terrorists.
“And it is our desire to make sure that peace and development are restored to the war ravaged parts of the country. And this cannot be done without the understanding of the gentlemen of the press. I hope you will continue to do that and even do more”, Layele appealed.