Nigerian Army Gets New Spokesman

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PUBLIC RELATIONS, BRIG.-GEN. IBRAHIM ATTAHIRU (L), DECORATING   HIS SUCCESSOR, BRIG.-GEN. OLAJIDE LALEYE, WITH THE BADGE OF THE DIRECTORATE DURING THE HAND-OVER   CEREMONY IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (7/1/14). 127/7/1/2014/COA/NAN

The Nigerian Army has appointed Brig.-Gen. Olajide Laleye as its new Director of Public Relations.

Laleye, who hails from Lagos State, was commissioned into the Nigerian Army on Sept. 23, 1989.

He holds a B.Sc in Physics from the Nigerian Defence Academy and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

He also holds a Master’s Degree in Strategy, Defence and Disaster Management from the University of Yaounde.

Until his appointment, Laleye was the Commander, 1 Division Garrison, Kaduna.

Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja at a brief handing over ceremony, Laleye said that under his leadership, the directorate would focus attention on the achievements of the various sectors in the army.

He said the directorate would key into the vision of the Chief of Army Staff “to transform the Nigerian Army into a force better able to face contemporary challenges’’.

He said that with the cooperation and collaboration of the media, there would be success at the end of the tunnel.

Earlier, the outgoing Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, urged the media to see the army’s counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts as a fight against a common enemy.

He said the media had a fundamental role to play in the fight against terrorism in the country.

“I urge you to continue to partner with the army and other security forces in this onerous task of maintaining peace and the corporate existence of the nation”, he said.

Attahiru appealed to the media to cooperate with his successor to achieve the desired result.

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