Chief of Army Staff, Major General Tukur Y. Buratai yesterday told men of the Nigerian army to take the fight against insurgency to the Boko Haram sect and dislodge them from their hideouts.
This was as he warned that the era of waiting in defensive positions for the criminals to come and attack and runaway must stop.
The Army Chief gave the warning in Kaduna during the graduation ceremony of Nigerian Battalion 37, United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL, pre-deployment training at the Nigerian Army Peace Keeping Centre, NAPKC and the combined graduation of basic airborne course 37 and basic rigger course 23 of the Airborne wing of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, NASI, Jaji Cantonment.
He challenged the troops to adopt offensive disposition and respond quickly and appropriately to all situations taking into cognisance the rules of engagement.
He said the army has thewherewithal to tackle its internal problems and that it is on top of the situation in the North East region.
The Army Chief also said his vision for the Nigerian Army to have a professional responsive in the discharge of its constitutional roles.
According to him, “The cardinals of this vision are professionalism and responsiveness. In line with these, we must learn to adopt offensive disposition and respond quickly and appropriately to all situations taking into cognisance, our rules of engagement.
“The era of waiting in defensive positions for criminals to come and attack and runway must stop. We must take the battle to them and dislodge them wherever they are. I therefore want you to show your commitment to this vision,” he said.
To the 658 troops deployed on peacekeeping mission to Liberia, the Army Chief warned, “The Nigerian Army will not accept any situation where its troops are seen as soft targets or conducting themselves in unprofessional manner such as trafficking in illicit substances of any kind including alcohol and drugs as these practices negates United Nations ethics.
“I must also remind you of the United Nations zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse. The Nigerian Army and indeed Nigerian government will not tolerate the contravention of this policies and directives. Be reminded to work within the rules of engagement of the mission.
“Additionally, you must respect the cultural and religious sensitivity of the people of Liberia. You must exhibit the highest sense of person/ environmental hygiene as Liberia is just emerging from Ebola epidemic,” Maj. Gen. Buratai said.
Earlier, the Commandant NAPKC, Maj. Gen. ImomotimiBirigeni said he has no doubt that the high level of enthusiasm and cohesion exhibited by the soldiers will reflect on their conduct in theatre of operation.
He charged the men to work hard to improve on the skills they have been imbibed with while on training as it remains the sine qua non for success as a unit.
Meanwhile, the Commandant NASI, Maj. Gen. KassimAbdulkarim said the training institution (Infantry) is faced with challenges ranging from debilitating infrastructure, deplorable condition of apparatus in Air borne wing, poor and obsolete training aids and inadequate manpower saying this have not been enhanced for optimal performance that could give high morale

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