*succeeds General Eyitayo as the number 11 GOC.
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Major General Waidi Shaibu has on Friday, 21 January, 2022 assummed command and leadership of 7 Division Nigerian Army as the number 11 General Officer Commanding and Commander Sector 1 Operation HADIN KAI.
General Shaibu a member of Course 41 Regular Combatant Course and from the Nigerian Army Armour Corps whom until his appointment as the GOC was the Director of Training at Army Headquarters Department of Training Abuja. He was also the former Commander, 21 Special Armour Brigade Bama with wealth of experience in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the North East having been at the forefront of the Sambisa Forest and environs.
The handing and taking over ceremony was conducted in 3 phases in accordance with the Nigerian Army tradition. It commenced on Thursday, 20 January with a facility tour to notable ongoing projects within Maimalari Cantonment. A guided tour was also taken to 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital where they met and commisserate with wounded in action troops.
The second day of the handing over ceremony and grand finale was the signing of handing and taking over notes, address to officers and troops by the outgoing and incoming GOC as well as the lowering of the old flag signifying the end of an era and hoisting of a new flag also signifying the begining of a new command.
Earlier, the outgone GOC Major General AA Eyitayo expressed immense gratitude to God Almighty for the gift of life and blessings upon him. He also appreciates the immense support, sacrifices and commitment of Formations and unit Commamders, officers and troops of the Division adding that their absolute cooperation and loyalty earns him the accolades and successes he recorded during his tenure. He therefore urge them to extend same cooperation to his successor.
In his remarks, the new GOC commend the outgone GOC for his leadership style in ensuring the Division maintains the tempo in the fight against insurgency. While soliciting for same cooperation and supoort accorded to his predessesor, he charged officers and troops to remain resilient, dogged and more committed with determination, we will bring an end to this insurgency he stated.
Highlights of the occasion were the signing of handing and taking over notes, address to officers and troops, lowering of old and hoisting of new flags at the quarter guard, group photograph with officers and finally departure by the outgone GOC.
The ceremony was witnessed by Formations and Units Commanders, Principal Staff Officers from Headquarters 7 Division and gentlemen officers amongst others.