Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt General O. A Ihejirika yesterday warned officers and men of the Nigerian Army saying the authorities will not condone any form of indiscipline in the course of their engagements in tackling internal security challenges in the country.
The COAS gave the warning yesterday during the graduation ceremony of the passing out of 278 young officers of the Nigerian Army that have undergone eight- week training on basic counter terrorism and insurgency at Nigerian Army Training Center (NATRAC), Kontagora, Niger state.
The COAS who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army, Major General LP Ngubane said, “I would like to remind you that in the conduct of your operations, it is very important that you adhere strictly to the rules of engagement.
“As security operatives, you are in the public spotlight, therefore your conduct must be professional and tailored towards addressing the security challenges you encounter and assuage the sufferings of innocent and law abiding citizens. “The Nigerian Army thrives on discipline without which your career will be short lived.”
He said the course they had just completed was designed with the aim of giving them the requisite skill and knowledge to combat the current wave of security challenges in the country. His words, “The training you have received within the last eight weeks of rigorous activities is to mould you sufficiently with the requisite professional competence to tackle the challenges you are likely to meet in the field.”
In his remark, the Commander of NATRAC, Major General SA Audu commended the vision of the COAS and his ability to build institutions and to raise the professional standard of the Nigerian Army, saying, “NATRAC is just one of such institutions designed to develop requisite human resource to combat contemporary security challenges.”
He added that the training given to the young officers accorded them the professional capability of leading their troops to operate in all environments and threat conditions.