July 17, 2013
Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubike Ihejirika, yesterday, said that the Nigerian Army has recruited over 16,000
officers and men to beef up its operations within and outside the country in the last two years.
Ihejirika spoke during the Nigerian Army Combat Support Arms Training Week 2013, with the theme “Enhancing the Capacity of the Nigerian Army Combat Support Arms in the Contemporary Environment”, at the Nigerian Army School of Military Engineering, NASME, in Makurdi, Benue State capital.
Meanwhile, Governor Gabriel Suswam of
Benue State has described the army as
“the backbone, hope and stabilising
factor in our country’s democracy and
therefore deserves the continuous
support and encouragement of the political class.” Suswam was represented on the occasion by his Special Adviser on Security, Col. Basil Kwembe (rtd.).
Ihejirika said the Army would continue to improve on its capacity to meet the
challenges of the time, adding that the
military in collaboration with other
security agencies was already winning
the war against terrorism in the country. He said: “In the last two years, the all-
round recruitment into the army is put at over 16,000. “This means we must improve on our housing facilities, which is a challenge our Army Engineers must be prepared to tackle.”
Earlier in his speech, Commander Army
Corps of Engineers, Major-Gen. Funsho
Owonibi, had said that the week-long
training would provide officers the
needed platform to brainstorm on issues
of security in the country and ways of tackling same.