''The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. '' “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others''..Anonymous
Last week, the military authority released names of officers and men promoted to a new and higher rank in the army. Though the slaughtering of over forty farmers by the Boko Haram insurgents in the North east few days after the news of the promotions tend to have dimmed the light off the promotion, and did not allowed Nigerians the chance to discuss its imports to the polity of the military and to the nation at large, there is an important need to revisit that event and take a look at it as it were “as e still dey hurt”
While we must complement the military for instituting the strict modalities and regulations governing promotion in the force over the years, measures that has now calms nerves and put to rest complains bordering on favoritism and denial among soldiers, we must however, also single out one name among those promoted that stood out as a pointer to the meritocracy of those promoted.
The name Col, now Brigadier General Sagir Musa is one army officer’s name that is gradually resounding among Nigerians, not because he is an Hausa officer or the army spoke man. But because of the many beautiful memories many Nigerians who have ever encountered him as a gentleman officer, and the many fine things that is being spoken among soldiers about him in the Army Head Quarters’ Barracks, Mambila Barracks, Asokoro, Abuja. General Sagir is a very unique and patriotic officer who truly, baring all consideration deserves and merits his promotion. With Col Sagir’s elevation to the new and higher rank of a Brigadier General, it therefore, means that everyone who got promoted met the criteria and deserved their promotions well. Congratulations to the army.
Gen. Sagir is a true professional who understands and brought himself under the dictates and demands of his work as a 21st century officer in a democratic government, and as a spoke man of such a highly regulated and scrutinized institutional like the military. His promotion to the rank of a Brigadier General is a truly merited one. The new General understands and constantly upholds the tenets of democracy and how the army is to operate and behave under it. The office of the Nigerian Army Public Relations is one of the busiest offices in all the cores’ offices of the Nigerian Army. They resumed as early as seven in the morning and don’t close till late mid-night, sometimes on and on for days. And in all these candle burning of seeking for and collecting data and information across the various military formations and operations in the country, the Director APR, Col, and now Brigadier General Sagir Musa is always on ground with his men, motivating and being part of the operations of his crew. The welfare of his team is paramount to him and he never shortchanged them as is the practice with most officers. Despite being a core Hausa man, Igbos and other tribes’ officers and men feel very free and are at home to function effectively under him. As a matter of fact, most of the folks who hold sway in the APR department are Igbos and from other tribes. To the new former Col and now a new Gen, when there is a job that needs to be done, who does it does not matter as long as you exhibit competence under the army regiment to carry the job out. With army officers like General Sagir, our dear country’s army has a future.