Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji has urged the Nigerian Army to remain loyal to the country in order to safeguard democracy.

Governor Oyebanji made this appeal while receiving the General Officer Commanding 2 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Bamidele Alabi in his office in Ado Ekiti.

He said democracy is the best system of government for the current situation of things, praising the Nigerian Army for adhering to the principles of democracy, encouraging them to continue doing so.

He said that once there is a stable and orderly form of government, development will be easier for the government to deliver to the people.

The governor said a secure society attracts investors, hence the need to maintain a strong collaboration and partnership with the army to ensure a peaceful environment.

Expressing the gratitude of the government and Ekiti people to the Nigerian Army for confronting security challenges, Governor Oyebanji said the country owed its stability to the efforts of the devoted men of the military, who have been fighting insurgency on the frontline.

Oyebanji said the state government would continue to provide suitable facilities and give the necessary support to the army to succeed in their operation, with a request for more personnel in the state.

Earlier, Major General Bamidele Alabi the General Officer Commanding 2 Division Nigerian Army, who said he was on a familiarization visit to Ekiti, thanked governor Oyebanji for his support to the military personnel in the state and for putting measures in place to ensure peace and security.

Major General Alabi emphasised the need for the military to intensify its operations in Ekiti but solicited more logistics support from the state government to improve the activities of the personnel.

He noted that security issues require the efforts of everyone with a call on the people of Ekiti to continue to provide the needed information and other supports that the troops need to perform optimally.

Major General Alabi however assured governor Oyebanji of the continued cooperation of the army towards ensuring adequate security of lives and properties of the people.

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