CNS Ogalla patriotic, incorruptible - Igbo youth

2024-02-13 13:55:37

Blueprint Newspapers Limited

The Concerned Igbo Eze North Youths (CINY), a socio-cultural organisation from Igbo Eze North local government area, Enugu state, has described the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla, as a patriotic and incorruptible Nigerian.

In a statement signed by its President General, Comrade Eze Kelvin Chijioke, and Secretary General, Comrade Asoanya Witness Ikemefuna, the group said since his appointment in June 2023, Vice Admiral Ogalla has dedicated his life and integrity to sanitising Nigeria's maritime space and eradicating oil theft and racketeering.

"We commend Vice Admiral Ogalla for conducting himself with utmost professionalism and decorum in office. His efforts in plugging the leakages that facilitate the secret transportation of stolen crude oil through the high seas have been commendable, effectively challenging those who seek to exploit Nigeria and shortchange its people.

"We wish to educate those who don't know our son and brother, Ogalla, in person, that he was born on December 20, 1968, and his sterling military career took off when he enlisted in the Nigerian Defence Academy as part of the 39 Regular Combatant Course on September 16, 1987, and was commissioned into the Nigerian Navy as sub-lieutenant on September 19, 1992.

"He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and received the Sword of Honour as the Best Graduating Naval Cadet, recognised for his academic excellence, military training, leadership qualities, and character.

"He has attended various courses within and outside the country, including the Basic Hydrographic Course at the National Hydrographic School in Goa, India, and the Junior and Senior Staff Courses at Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji. He also completed the Higher Strategic Course at the National Defence College, Abuja, and holds a Master of Science in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.

"His appointment in the present administration was ad rem, having held several significant appointments, such as Watch Keeping Duties on board NNS AGU, Instructor, Chief Instructor, and Commandant at the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic School. He also served as the Base Operations Officer at NNS PATHFINDER, where he played a vital role in combating oil theft and other economic crimes.

"His appointment as CNS marked a crucial juncture in the nation's naval history. His dedication, competence, and impeccable record have already brought about significant changes beneficial to national security and the fight against maritime criminality. It is imperative that we recognize and reject the baseless accusations aimed at discrediting him. As a nation, we must stand firm against those seeking to undermine progress and accountability, allowing Vice Admiral Ogalla to continue his transformative work.

"However, we are deeply troubled by the actions of certain miscreants who, masquerading as angels of light, spread falsehoods against Vice Admiral Ogalla. These malicious individuals frivolously accuse him of indirect involvement in oil bunkering. It is evident that these baseless allegations stem from the narrow-mindedness of tribal bigots who cannot bear the fact that President Tinubu, displaying commendable detribalization, appointed an Enugu Ezike-born Igbo Eze North LGA soldier of high repute to such a prestigious position aiming to combat the myriad of maritime crimes plaguing our nation.

"As Concerned Igbo Eze North Youths, we firmly denounce this political persecution aimed at a man of unwavering integrity. We refuse to stand idly by, as Vice Admiral Ogalla's reputation is tarnished unjustly", the statement read.

The CINY warned profiteers who have launched an unwarranted attack on Ogalla to desist from their malicious actions.

They urged President Tinubu to protect Ogalla and his relentless efforts in dealing with illegal oil bunkerers.

"We call upon our nation's leadership to stand firmly against those who seek to undermine the achievements of this patriotic Nigerian and our collective struggle to sanitize Nigeria's maritime space.

"In conclusion, we call upon all well-meaning Nigerians to rally behind Vice Admiral Ogalla and support the ongoing efforts to secure our nation's interests. Let us unite in holding accountable those who seek to exploit our resources for personal gains. Together, we can ensure justice prevails and our maritime space becomes a beacon of security and integrity", the group said.

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