Calabar - Gov. Ben Ayade of Cross River
has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of Rear-Adm. Ibok-Ete
Ibas as the new Chief of Naval Staff.
Ayade conveyed the gratitude of his administration and people of the state in a
statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Calabar by
his spokesman, Mr Christian Ita.
The governor said by the appointment of Ibas as the new naval chief, Buhari had
demonstrated his avowed declaration that he would be president for all.
"I wish to express my sincere gratitude to our President, Muhammadu Buhari,
for the appointment of our son and brother, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as
the new Chief of Naval Staff.
"It is now clear to all that this is a President who is very much committed to
his pronouncements as a leader. He has demonstrated that he is a man of his
words and a man of conviction.
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"He declared to Nigerians soon after his inauguration that he would be
president for all. There is no doubt that every day, Mr President is walking
his talk,’’ he stated.
The governor also congratulated the new naval chief on his appointment, saying
he deserved his elevation.
"I wish to, on behalf of myself and the good people of Cross River State,
congratulate our son and brother, Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas on his
well-deserved appointment as the new Chief of Naval Staff.
"As a true professional, I have no doubt in my mind that he would acquit himself
in his new responsibility and lend his wealth of experience in combating the
challenges of insecurity in the country,” Ayade said.
Ibas hails from Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River.
He enlisted into the Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of the 26th Regular
Course in 1979 and was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1983.
His previous appointments include Naval Provost Marshal; Chief Staff Officer,
Naval Training Command; Chief of Administration, Naval Headquarters and Flag
Officer Commanding Western Naval Command.
He also served as Chief of Logistics, Naval Headquarters and before his
appointment as Chief of Naval Staff, Ibas was the Chief Executive Officer of
Navy Holdings Limited.