President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the newly-promoted Commander, Brigade of Guards, Major-General Mohammed Usman, describing him as an outstanding officer who is serving the nation with great zeal.
The President, assisted by the Chief of Army Staff, lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya and the wife of the Commander, Dr Rekiya Usman, decorated the officer with the rank of Major-General.
Shortly after the ceremony in the Presidential Villa, the President recalled his tumultuous military career marked with coups, counter-coups and detention, describing General Usman as a very lucky officer to have risen to the height of his military career with distinction and without hiccups.
He commended General Usman for his diligence, loyalty, patience and hardwork.
‘‘You are very lucky to have the health and ability to carry out your assignments.
‘‘Those who work with me know I am very difficult to satisfy. But I have never had any reason, whatsoever, to report you to the Chief of Army Staff or the Minister of Defence.
‘‘Nobody has been able to touch me while you are here, I’m absolutely satisfied with your performance.’’
The President said he would give the directive on Major-General Usman’s next assignment, considering that he too is about to leave, and as he has often said ‘‘I will live far away from Abuja.’’
President Buhari commended the family of the military officer for their patience in putting up with the challenging assignment he had been carrying out with great aptitude and steadfastness.
Major-General Usman had thanked the President for his outstanding support to the Brigade of Guards, citing the approval for the procurement of 400 armoured vehicles, which he said were enough to secure his area of responsibility, including the Federal Capital Territory, Nasarawa State and parts of Niger State.
He expressed happiness for the promotion, saying that it would spur him to do even better in his assigned responsibilities.