NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
7 January, 2013
Nigeria’s chief of army staff, Lt.-Gen.
Azubuike Ihejirika announced in Abuja
Monday the promotion of 2,900 soldiers. Ihejirika said at the decoration of 14
Colonels with their new ranks of
Brigadier-Generals, that no fewer than
10,000 soldiers were recommended for
promotion. He assured that the army would promote more soldiers before the end of February.
The COAS said that as soon as their
documents were verified and the
processes for promotion completed, they
would be promoted. According to him,
promotion in the military does not come
as a reward but a demonstration of confidence on the part of the leadership
that those officers promoted still have
much more to offer. “You have done well but you are being promoted because they think you have much more to offer the system and I believe you are going to put in your best and we are looking forward to seeing your best.
“Putting in your best is the only thing
required to overcome the challenges
confronting the nation and the army in
particular. “Let me once again congratulate those just promoted and to tell those who did not make it now that it is not the end of the road as they continue to work hard, promotion will come sooner or later,” he said.
The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran
Maku, who spoke at the occasion said he
was impressed with the performance of
those promoted. He said the officers were not only well read, properly trained but were also the pride of Africa. Maku urged the officers to bear in mind that every promotion was a call to higher
service and a call to higher sacrifices for
“I believe that this promotion is coming at a point where it is needed in the years ahead to stablise the internal security and defend the territorial
integrity,” Maku said.
Brig.-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, who was among those decorated, told NAN that
the promotion required the officers to
work hard, to ensure that the vision of
the Chief of Army Staff was realised
within the President’s Transformation Agenda.
In another development, Sen. George
Sekibo, the Chairman,Senate Committee
on Defence and Army, inaugurated the
newly built Army Headquarters Officers’
Transit Camp at the Mogadishu Cantonment. The Camp contains 22 flats of two-bedrooms each. Sekibo commended the army’s efforts at
providing the requisite infrastructure and accommodation facilities for troops. He said that the provision of these
facilities had brought about a remarkable performance of the troops.
“At this time when security challenges are high in the country, provision of accommodation will enable troops settle down and perform their duties. “We at the National Assembly will continue to support you to be a reputable army in West African sub-
region,” Sekibo said.