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Gen Lucky Irabor’s one year as CDS: So far, So good

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Gen Lucky Irabor’s one year as CDS: So far, So good


As Lieutenant General Lucky Irabor will be marking one year as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on January 26, 2022, it is pertinent that we assess his journey thus far.

For Gen. Irabor, the clock started ticking right from the onset. And aware of the enormous responsibilities foisted on him, he knows much better, that there is simply no way he can afford to fail or disappoint Nigerians.

Within one year as the CDS, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), under the leadership of Gen. Lucky Irabor, has thus far taken several proactive steps towards boosting the capacity of personnel and troops of the military.

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Gen. Irabor, who was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on January 26, 2021 as the CDS has met with some Defence Chiefs of other world countries, exchanging ideas and proffering solutions to regional, continental and global security issues.

He has also signed vital Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) in the area of defence collaboration and bilateral security cooperation with Heads and Envoys of military forces of some advanced nations.

Gen. Irabor recently expressed the readiness of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to sustain the existing strategic partnership with the California National Guards (CNG), aimed at boosting defence capabilities of both countries.

As CDS of the Nigerian Armed Forces, he has so far been providing the right leadership and environment to enable officers and men of the armed forces, efficiently perform their constitutional responsibility of defending the nation against external aggression, together with internal security challenges.

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Before his appointment as the CDS, the country was already facing monumental security challenges, threatening its corporate entity. But at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), while taking over from his predecessor, General Irabor, promised to ensure that Nigeria remains one ‘indivisible’ and united nation.

Under his leadership, the military has been re-energized and reorganized as personnel of the armed forces are being heavily re-equipped in line with upgrading the platforms and firepower required to tackle the security challenges being faced in the country. The net results of these efforts have been the number of insurgents and bandits who have willingly surrendered to the Armed Forces and continue to do so through various channels and the Safe Corridor created for that purpose.

No doubt, the CDS has lived up to expectations of Nigerians within one year of his appointment by leading the policy and operational initiative in the counterterrorism warfare. It is the hope of Nigerians that Gen. Irabor will maintain the tempo and not relent on his efforts to speedily enforce the already mapped-out strategies to completely change the Nigerian security situation for good.


Gen Lucky Irabor’s one year as CDS: So far, So good

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