Chief of Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, says only physically fit officers can confront terrorists or oil thieves in the desert and creeks.
The chief therefore said physical fitness is a key element to be considered in the selection of officers to embark on the war against terrorists and oil thefts in the Niger Delta.
The naval chief stated this in Abuja yesterday while addressing newsmen at the end of the 3rd Quarterly Route March.
Represented by the Chief of Naval Administration, Rear Adm. Jonathan Ango, Ibas said the essence of the exercise was to keep officers and men of the Nigerian Navy physically fit with a view to boosting their morale, even as he emphasised that the route march is a quarterly administrative procedure to ensure that personnel are physically fit.
“This quarterly route march gives us a general idea of the overall physical fitness of our men for jobs that we intend to do. In the Nigerian Navy, we have a motto that says ‘onward together’ so we have to work together as a team to promote the service to an enviable height,” he said.
Ibas added that the route march was a “kind of show of force, aimed at enhancing public confidence in the strength and readiness of the Navy to discharge its responsibility effectively.”

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