Yahaya, Buratai, Monarch, Others Shower Encomiums on Major General Wahab at 64, Launches New Book

... Launches Book 'Soldiering and Nation Building, a festschrift to honour him

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has described the Director General Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Major General Garba Ayodeji Wahab (rtd) as an exemplary leader, an intelligent army General, a national Hero, who distinguished himself in the service of the Army and by implication, the Nigerian Nation.

Watch the book launch video below:

General Yahaya made the remark in his goodwill message on Thursday 1st September 2022, at the birthday celebration/Lunch and Launching of a Book "Soldiering and Nation Building" a festschrift in honour of Maj Gen Garba Ayodeji Wahab (Rtd) at Nigerian Army Resource Centre Asokoro Abuja.

The COAS said, the celebrant has meritoriously served the Army for over three decades in several capacities, it is gratifying that his achievements, while in service and even in retirement as the DG NARC is worthy to emulate. 

He promised to install the new book in all Nigerian Army formations and libraries, while challenging all Nigerians to imbibed the spirit of reading Culture, he advised personnel to author books that will inspire people.

“I encourage officers and even the soldiers to write books and we will continue to encourage them when they have such ideas to put into paper to write.

Describing Major General Wahab, the representative of the Ilorin Emirate Council, Engineer Suleiman Yahaya eulogies him as son of the soil and as one who fought for the unity of Nigeria. “You so deserve to be celebrated as one who has sacrificed a lot over the years. And we Kwarans are proud of you.”

Kayode Alabi, the Deputy Governor of Kwara State in his goodwill message said, Major General Garba Ayodeji Wahab is an excellent and a brave soldier. He belongs to the cremé de cremé of the officers and since 2019 when he was appointed the Director-General of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, he is still adding value to the society. 

Book reviewer, Commandant, Nigeria Defence Academy, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, who reviewed the book titled “Soldiering and Nation Building" commended the author for a job well done.

Major General Yusuf said the 342 page Book highlighted the tasking roles of a Soldier, in the quest to secure Nigeria and Nigerians was presented by the NARC in honour of its DG and his 64 Birthday celebration. 

He said, the book which had 16 Chapters was written by 14 authors comprising seven professors from the academia and seven members of faculty and research fellows of NARC. "While chapter one of the book focuses on the life of Gen. Wahab, the remaining chapters cover different areas of national development".

The former Chief of Defence Staff and Chairman of the occasion, retired Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, described Wahab as one of the best brains that the Nigerian army had produced.

The Celebrant, Major General Garba Wahab, a member of Short Service Course 24, NDA Kaduna thanked guests and the Nigerian Army Resource centre for organising the surprise birthday in his honour and pledged to do his best to nation building.

Dignitaries at the event includes the Chief of Army Staff, Former Chiefs of Army Staff,  representatives of other service chiefs, principal staff officers from Defence and Services Headquarters and other senior officers.

Other important dignitaries were the Commandant, Nigeria Defence Academy, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir and representative of Ilorin Emirate Council, among others. 

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