President Umaro Embaló of Guinea Bissau, has decorated Brig.-Gen. Al-hassan Grema of the Nigerian Army the National Order of Merit, Cooperation, and Development Medal of his country.
Brig.-Gen. Grema served as the inaugural Force Commander of the ECOWAS Stabilization Support Mission in Guinea-Bissau (ESSMGB), which was deployed to Guinea Bissau in April 2022.
According to a statement released by Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, the Acting Director of Defence Information, the decoration ceremony took place on September 27 at the Presidential Palace in Bissau. The deployment of Grema was prompted by the failed coup attempt in the country on February 1, 2022, during which the President and his cabinet came under attack at the Palacio do Governo while in a meeting.
Under Gen. Grema’s 17-month leadership, ESSMGB played a pivotal role in stabilizing Guinea Bissau, ensuring peace and stability. This presence significantly improved the security situation in the fragile West African nation, leading to a notable increase in economic activities and the return of numerous international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and global entities. Several countries, including the United States, are also in the process of reopening their diplomatic missions and offices in Bissau.
During the award ceremony, attended by top military and political figures of Guinea Bissau, President Embalo praised Grema and extended his best wishes to him. Gen. Christopher Musa, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), commended Grema for bringing honour to Nigeria and encouraged other commanders serving in various foreign missions to emulate his outstanding example.
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