Molly Kilete, Abuja
Newly-appointed Commander, Guards Brigade, Brig-Gen. Umar Musa, has assumed office with a promise to maintain the security and vigilance of the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), and its environs.
Gen. Musa has also assured residents of the FCT, of safety and urged them to go about their lawful businesses without fear of being molested.
Gen. Musa, who gave the assurance when when he took over from his predecessor, Major-General Musa Yusuf, at the Aguiyi Ironsi, cantonment, equally charged officers and soldiers of the brigade to remain disciplined loyal and professional as they go about their constitutional duties of protecting the president, his immediate family, and the entire FCT.
The commander who thanked his predecessor for his achievement recorded while in office, and promised to improve on the foundation on them.
Gen Musa, said “As the new guards brigade commander, I want to assure the residents of the FCT, that I will continue to maintain the security and vigilance over the FCT.
“Our topmost priority is the security of the president, his family and the entire state house and we are ready for the task.
“We will sustain the tempo set by the outgoing commander and increase and improve on it.
“My advise to my men is to remain loyal, dedicated and remain professional in the conduct of our affairs at the guards brigade”.
Earlier in his address, the former commander, Gen. Yusuf, who is now the General Officer Commanding 6, Division, Port Harcourt, while attributing the successes he recorded while in office to God, assured resident of the FCT, that they were in safe hands.
He said “The officer who had just taken over from me is an old, experience and highly professional infantry and guards officer. So they are very safe.
The GOC, who said he would greatly miss the guards brigade family, urged officers and soldiers of the brigade “to remain dedicated, committed, remain very loyal and face their duties as professional soldiers”
The handing and taking-over ceremony, featured a farewell parade, mess wining of the new commander and decorating him with the isgnia of brigade and the official handing of the brigade flag.
From left, the new guards brigade commander Brigadier-General Umar Musa and the former commander, Major-General Yusuf, shortly after taking over