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*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
The General Commanding Officer of the 2 Division Nigerians Army has assured residents of safety. 
SwIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Nigerian Army In it’s efforts to tackle series of insecurity challenges such as banditry, kidnapping for ransom, armed robbery among others on Monday launched Exercise Still Waters.
***The Representative of the State Governor Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi second right flanked the GOC 2 Div Major General Gold Chibuisi, CP. Ngozi Onadeko fdc, and others during the flag off of Exercise Still Waters in Ibadan**** 
Nigerian Army, 2 Division Headquarters Ibadan in compliance with the directives of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouq Yahaya has flagged off ‘Exercise Still Waters’ that is expected to be a joint military task operation.
The official launching of the event which was held at the Operational Base of the 2 Div Headquarters of Nigerian Army Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment Ojoo Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital was witnessed by the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde who was ably represented by his Chief of Staff Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi, the State Commissioner of Police, the representatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC, the Immigration among others.
In his welcome address, the General Officer Commanding of the 2 Div, Major General Gold Chubuisi enjoyed members of the public not to be panic while sighting the troops of the exercise.
He said, “Members of the public are employ not to be panic on sighting troops movements for the exercise rather we will welcome essential informations that can be factor into see that the exercise is successful.
Chubuisi further stressed that exercise become necessary for the command in order to take steps towards the achievements of the Chief of Army Staff vision which is the professional Nigerian Army.
He maintained that the Nigerian Army are ready to accomplish the assigned mission within a joint environment in defence of Nigeria.”
The GOC further said that the Exercise Still Waters is conceived by the Army whose ability is tackle foreign security challenges is commencing today and is going to run for the remaining part of the year, other exercises concurrent being launch with exercise Still Waters are ‘Exercise Enduring Peace’ in the North Central Part of the Country, and ‘Exercise Golden Dawn’, in the South East and part of South South, these exercises are to be conducted in concurrence with other operations in the North East and the North West.”
***Troops of Exercise Still Waters Awaiting Order Before The Official Flag off of the Exercise***
“In 2 Divisions areas of responsibilities, Exercise Still Waters is to be conducted in the six states of Edo, Ekiti, Kwara, Ondo, Osun and Oyo several security agencies have been invited to play their statutory roles during the exercise wish to state that the exercise will be based on real time intelligence on the profiling security threat in the aforementioned states and will metamorphosed into real operation to checkmate criminalities.”
“I must add that the exercise is expected to further strengthen civil military relations within the military and the good people of the State in 2 Division  areas of responsibilities through civil military cooperations activities, such as medical outreach program, educational support and minor renovation works among others.
“I want to use this opportunities to express the gratuity of the officers and men to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouq Yahaya for providing the needed resources for this exercise, I also extend my gratitude to the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde who is ably represented and all the personalities here for finding it worthy to honour our invitations for this flag off ceremony despite your numerous engagements,.I look forward for us to continue to work together to achieve the objective of the exercise.” General Chubuisi said.
In his keynote address, Governor Seyi  Makinde said the Army are perceived not to have civil relationship with the civilians.He however commended the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouq Yahaya for adoption of the exercise.
****Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi Flagg off the Exercise on behalf of the State Governor ***
Makinde speaking through his Chief of Staff, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi said, most operations we have had in the past such as operation crocodile smile, Operation Phyton Dance and the likes, all these code names do not connotes with the civilians and now that we are talking operation still Waters, Operation New Dawn, we are talking code names of operations that civilians can relate with, so on this note I want to recommending the Chief of Army Staff, and this shows  we have changed strategy, we have changed direction in the fight against insurgency, banditry and that means that the civilians can begin to look at our operations and say yes indeed they want to be part of this, because they know that fight against criminalities is not a one man show, it is not about the military or the police or any security agencies alone, is about all of us coming together as one nation, as one team, for fight insecurity.
“I also want to commend the General Officer Commanding for having this kind of platform whereby there is synergies amongst all the security agencies because one of the challenge we have as a nation when we are tackling insecurity is that we don’t share most of the Informations and intelligence that we have.
“This kind of gathering whereby NDLEA that are into drugs and stuff like that, the Customs, the Immigration, the Police, the Civil Defence, and all agencies that are in fight against criminalities, that means we are jointly going out on this mission.
“The people and the government of Oyo State and on behalf of Engr. Seyi Makinde, I want to wish us a successful outing in this operation Still Waters and Government of Oyo State as usual will always do everything within our power to support both the military paramilitary agencies within Oyo State that are  involve in tackling criminalities. Ogunwuyi said.

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