Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has applauded the military for not meddling in anti-democratic acts.
The state governor said this while welcoming the Chief of Army Staff, General Taoheed Lagbaja, to his country home, on Thursday.
Adeleke condemned democratic setbacks in some parts of Africa and urged the strengthening of democratic correction mechanisms instead of a coup d’état.
In a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, the governor described the Nigerian military as a thoroughbred professional service.
He added that the nation’s military upholds respect for the constitution while serving as a protector of the democratic process and national stability.
The governor, who also commissioned the civil-military school at Alusekere, Ede, said: “The military, especially the Nigerian army, is a critical pillar of our national life. We owe the military accolades and commendation for securing and protecting the nation.”
In his reaction, the COAS said he was in the state in continuation of his nationwide visit to army formations in the country, noting that he was at the governor’s residence to pay homage.
He pledged his support for democracy and good governance.
He also said that the engineering construction arm of the army was prepared to undertake projects from any willing state government.