On Thursday, December 30, 2021, history was made in the Nigerian Army when two brothers from the same parents, one the elder and Corps Commander, Nigerian Army Artillery, Major Gen TA Gagariga, and his younger brother Teriworie Gagariga, were both promoted to Major General.
Both siblings are from Bayelsa State in South-South Nigeria and serve in the same artillery corps.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), has exhorted recently promoted Senior Military Officers to redouble their efforts to address the country’s present security issues.
Gen Magashi issued the challenge at the Army Headquarters Command Officers Mess, Asokoro, Abuja, at the major investiture ceremony of newly promoted officers in the Nigerian Army.
He stated that “to whom much is given, much is demanded,” emphasizing the need of the newly honored Officers demonstrating selfless devotion to the nation in order to justify their new ranks.
The minister, while delivering President Muhammadu Buhari’s message of congratulations, said their promotion to the coveted ranks was highly deserved and advised them to remain focused in the fulfillment of their duty in order to comprehensively defeat the foes.
He reminded them that they could not afford to let the nation down in their desire for a higher level of duty in preserving the country’s territorial integrity and achieving the country’s hopes for peace in all areas where there is instability.
As a result, the Defence Minister commended the officers, their spouses, and their families on their loved ones’ new feet earned while serving the country.
Similarly, the Nigerian Navy’s newly promoted Rear Admirals have been challenged by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor, to show more dedication and commitment to their new ranks, emphasizing that promotion comes from God.
Gen Irabor reminded those who did not make it this time not to despair, stressing that there are other opportunities, while also emphasizing that the number of people promoted was dependent on vacancies because the military operates on a pyramid system.
Lt General Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff, reminded the recently decorated Officers that their new ranks should be viewed as a summons to greater duty and responsibility, especially now that the army is at the forefront of battling criminality in several parts of the country.
While thanking the Minister of Defence for his assistance, Lt Gen Yahaya reminded the newly promoted Officers that promotion comes from God and urged them to demonstrate more discipline and attention to duty, as well as unwavering loyalty to the Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
He advocated for the relentless degradation of criminal elements, emphasizing that they must stay highly professional and apolitical, and that indolence is not an option.
Major-Gen Abdulwahab Eyitayo, GOC 7 Division, Maiduguri, Major Gen Ibrahim Salihu, Acting Chief of Military Intelligence, Major Gen Umar T. Musa, one time Guards Brigade Commander, Major Gen Bernard Onyeuko, Major Gen Buhari Baffa, Nigeria’s Defence Attache’ London, Major Gen Victor Ebaleme, Major Gen Jamaal Abdusalam, Military Secretary Army, Major Gen Henry Wesley, Major Gen
Major Gen Aminu Chinade, Nigerian Army Commandant Depot, Major Gen Maikano Abdullahi, OSMA President and Vice President International Military Sports Organization, and Major Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim, DG NYSC are among the others.
Rear Admiral Saburi Lawal, Chairman, Military Pensions Board, Rear Admiral Alex Bingel, Rear Admiral Hamza Kaoje, Rear Admiral C. Azike, Rear Admiral Clinton Izu, Rear Admiral Chukwuemeka Ezete, Rear Admiral Adesina Akinwade, Rear Admiral AM Ibrahim, and Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogala were among the Navy’s decorated Rear
The ceremony, which was attended by Edo State Governor Godwin Obasaki, National Security Adviser Maj Gen Mohammed Manguno (rtd), His Excellency, the Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, and former Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai (rtd), Chairman Senate Committee on Army Ali Ndume, and Chairman House Committee on Army Abdulrasaq Namdas, saw the promotion of 41 Brigadier General to Major General and
Course 41 students Regular intakes of the Nigerian Defence Academy who were promoted cut a thanksgiving cake at the National Defence College’s officer’s mess and pledged to continue to dedicate themselves and show more devotion to attaining the missions of their various services.