CDS Seeks Lagos State Support Towards Proposed Invictus Centre

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa has sought the support of the Lagos State government towards building the proposed Invictus Centre to help in the recovery process of wounded, injured and traumatised serving military personnel and veterans.

A statement on Tuesday by the Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Tukur Gusau, said that the Defence Chief made his intentions known when he paid a courtesy call on the executive Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Alausa State House.

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During the visit, which is part of the CDS’s operational tour of military formations as well as to consult with critical stakeholders to seek solutions to the country’s insecurity, Musa applauded the state Governor for all he is doing to improve life in Lagos.

The CDS, who remarked that the state is critical to the country’s economy and a true reflection of Nigeria, thanked the governor for hosting Prince Harry and his wife, Princess Meghan, while noting that, in consideration of the global attention to the visit of the royals to Nigeria, it was imperative to invite the duo.

He further commended the improved security in Lagos State and thanked Mr Sanwo-Olu for allocating about fifty hecters of land to the Nigeria Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi, Lagos to improve agriculture.

Furthermore Gen. Musa briefed the governor on his intention to ensure capacity of members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria by venturing into large scale agricultural practice, which he said will certainly improve human life, adding that the initiative is in line with his philosophy concept, which is people centred.

In his response, Governor Sanwo-Olu commended the military for its steadfastness, saying, “we have witnessed a sharp decline in criminal attacks”.

Sanwo-Olu averred that the CDS’s leadership concept is also in line with the State philosophy, and added that since the appointment of General Musa as the CDS, the nation has been experiencing peace and a commendable decline in criminal activities.

He showed appreciation to all military formations and other security agencies in Lagos for their commitment to ensuring safety of lives and property, and promised to offer direct support to the military in the state whenever the need arises.

He also lauded the CDS’s noble idea of inviting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Nigeria, and affirmed that the visit will boost the mental wellness of wounded soldiers. He then assured of the State government’s readiness to support the development and construction of the Invictus Centre in Nigeria.

The CDS was also at military formations in Lagos for operational visits, where he charged personnel to redouble efforts towards ridding the nation of insecurity.

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