Senator Kashim Shetima, the vice president of Nigeria, was received by Alhaji Barrister Abdul Raheem Adebayo Lawal, the deputy governor of Oyo state, on behalf of Governor Seyi Makinde on Thursday at the Alakia Airport in Ibadan.
Lawal, who was accompanied by high-ranking Oyo government functionaries, including the Head of Service, Mrs Olubunmi Oni mni; Executive Assistant on Administration, Revd Idowu Ogedengbe; Executive Assistant on Security matters, CP Sunday Odukoya rtd; Chairman Civil Service Commission, Alhaji Kamorudeen Aderibigbe and Chairman Local Government Service Commission had arrived at the airport at precisely 8:45 to officially welcome the Vice President who landed some minutes past 10 in the morning.
He also led the Vice President and his entourage to the Odogbo Barrack, Ojoo, Ibadan, for the grand finale of the Nigeria Army Day celebration held at Maj Gen JM Inienger Sports Complex Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment Ibadan Oyo state.
The event was attended by notable dignitaries in the country including the Kwara state governor, Abdul Razaq Abdul-Rahman; Senators, House of Reps members; permanent secretary; Ministry of defence Staff, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar Kana mni; Chief of Defense Staff, May Gen CG Musa ofr; Royal fathers and host of others.
Speaking at the ceremony, the chief of Army staff, Major General Ta Lagbaja, on behalf of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army, expressed deep appreciation to the president, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR, Distinguished members of the National Assembly, its hosts, the Executive Governor of Oyo state, His Excellency, Engnr Seyi Makinde ably represented by his deputy, Alhaji Barrister Abdul-Raheem Adebayo Lawal, and the good people of Oyo state as well as all friends of the Nigerian army who contributed immensely towards the success of Nigeria Army Day celebration 2023.
The Vice President, Senator Kashim Shetima, is yet to address the gathering as the programme, which includes a dramatic and combative display of entertainment from the soldiers and a display of Nigerian fire fighters and ammunitions to bolster national security, is still in progress.