The Commonwealth College of Bishops and Clergy Councils, in collaboration with Benue State Government, has presented the Peace Award for Excellence and National Unity and Professionalism to a soldier, identified as Lt.-Col. Alhassan.
A statement issued by the Executive Director of the Commonwealth College of Bishops and Clergy Councils (CCBCC), Bishop Abel King, affirmed that the award was given to Alhassan because of his resilience, commitment as the commanding officer and the professionalism of his troops in combating the security threats in the middle belt region of Nigeria and the entire country.
Bishop King claimed that the performance of other security agencies was encouraged due to the sterling leadership skills on display by the commanding officer, especially in the middle belt area of the country.
“This call for recognition is to encourage and further boost the morale of the Nigerian Army and its personnel to continue to do more to restore and maintain the existing peace in the state and the region,” he said.
“At a time that professionalism is being tested by activities of criminals, Lt.-Col. Alhassan has lived up to the task of securing lives and property as well as guaranteeing an enabling environment for citizens. This has enabled the people to live without difficulty.”
He added that the Nigerian army, under the tutelage of Lt.-Gen Turkur Buratai, has proven time and again their zeal to save lives by giving responsibility to tested hands such as that of Alhassan.
Bishop King appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari not to relent in giving support to the Nigerian army in order to complement the country’s conventional security agencies for lasting peace in the nation.