Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki , on Monday expressed faith in the unity of the country, saying that Nigeria will never divide.
“Nigeria has come to stay,” he said while receiving Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Tukur Buratai, who served as the chief of army staff between from 2015 to 2021, at the government house in Benin.
“We are facing our challenges like other countries in the world and that is why we need leaders like you. We will continue to do our own beat in contributing to the harmony and unity of Nigeria,” Obaseki told Buratai.
The Governor stated that Nigeria was building on the foundation set by the ambassador in the battle against insecurity in the nation.
“The foundation you laid as chief of army staff is what we are building on today. You are here in Edo because we appreciate what you have done for this country,” Obaseki said.
The former army chief was in Edo to inaugurate Buratai Centre for Contemporaries Security Affairs, named after him at Igbinedion University, Okada.
The Governor said, “Our Esama (Gabriel Igbinedion) of Benin, who we are very proud of is a man of foresight, who is always full of gratitude, and named that centre after you.
“It was deliberate because at no time in our history have we faced the kind of security challenges as you faced as chief of army staff.
“We could see how God used you to overcome those challenges.
“For us as a state, the relationship we have with the military today was laid during your tenure.
“You are here today to commission a centre; at no time in our history do we need to focus on security as strategically as we should now.
“As a state, we will continue to work with the national authorities.”
Buratai who also applauded Governor Obaseki for his strides in infrastructural projects in the state and also appreciated him for his active support to the Nigerian Army. He also expressed his condolences over the death of veteran music legend, Victor Uwaifo.
The ambassador added that the establishment of the constabulary’s security outfit in Edo would allow the civil authority and military to achieve the needed peace in the state.