Army Council approves establishment of 8th Division in Sokoto – Buratai


The Nigerian Army Council has approved the establishment of its 8th Division in Sokoto.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai, disclosed this in Sokoto on Sunday.

Mr. Buratai spoke during a condolence visit to Governor Aminu Tambuwal over the recent demise of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki.

The army chief said that officers and men of the new Division were, however, currently operating in the North East.

“As soon the security situation in that region is fully stabilized, the Division would move to Sokoto.

“The move is part of efforts to provide sustainable peace and unity in Nigeria and the Nigerian Army is fully committed to ensuring this,” the lieutenant general added.

Mr. Buratai commended Mr. Tambuwal for his routine support to the 1 Brigade of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in Sokoto State.

Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai
Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai

He also commended Tambuwal for the existing excellent relationship between the Nigerian Army and the people of the state.

He reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army and the Federal Government at ensuring sustainable national security, peace and unity.

He described the late Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki as a national icon, whose legacies would remain indelible.

Responding, Mr. Tambuwal commended the Army for establishing the Army Division as well as two command secondary schools in Sokoto State.

Mr. Tambuwal further commended the Nigerian Army for its efforts at restoring peace in the North East and other parts of Nigeria.

On the Late Sultan, Mr. Tambuwal said that Mr. Dasuki was a “fountain of wisdom.’’

”He contributed immensely to the stability of Nigeria and he lived a life of service to the community, Islam and Nigeria as a whole.”



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  • Otile

    The present Buhari regime can be best described as a military government.

    • Wisdom Mariam(Col)

      Why even bother when he is not a Biafran leader?
      Choose your own leaders and leave the Nigerian ones alone.

      • Otile

        Buhari doesn’t believe in other people’s self determination. Try to choose, he will invade because of crude oil.

  • FuzzyLogic

    What assets does Nigeria have in Sokoto and its environs that this new unit is going to protect? Is it the desert? Is it the Sultan of Sokoto? Nations traditionally locate their critical military installations around critical national assets. So what are we protecting in Sokoto? We keep doing the same thing every time and expecting a different outcome each time. Insanity.
    This is no time to spend liberally on the military. All efforts and money ought to be channeled towards rebuilding the economy that has collapsed on the presidents watch.

  • Ibraheem Aruna

    The Nigeria council should have considered and consulted further and this 8th division should have been set up in Bayelsa.
    It will send the appropriate message to IPOB. Sokoto ought not to be in contention. The task facing the Nigerian military now is keeping Nigeria one.