By Palang Kasmi
As Nigeria’s former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro (Rtd) clocks 80, the Plateau State Gov. Simon Bako Lalong has described him as one who has served this nation meritoriously.
Lalong in a message of felicitation also described Gen. Dogonyaro as a patriotic and loyal Nigerian who served the nation with courage, dignity and selflessness.
He recalled the achievements of Dogonyaro during his career in the Army where he held several command positions and accomplished his assignments with tremendous success.
”Plateau State celebrates this elder statesman whose outstanding achievements in the service of Nigeria brought a lot of pride and honour for the state”.
“The accomplishments he recorded and gallantry he demonstrated in his military career has continued to inspire younger officers and men to commit to the defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity as well as ensuring its peace, unity and prosperity in the face of daunting challenges”.
The Governor also praised the Rtd.General’s immense role in the development and professionalism of the Nigerian Army as well as his outstanding leadership in the course of Nigeria’s contributions to international peace keeping and monitoring efforts, particularly when he served as ECOMOG Field Commander in Liberia
While wishing him good health and God’s divine protection, the Governor urged Dogonyaro to continue to offer Plateau State and the nation his wealth of experience and knowledge particularly as government works assiduously to overcome security challenges of insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes.