As Army commissions 152 new officers
As 152 members of Direct Short Service Course 22/2015 were on Saturday commissioned into the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah has confirmed Friday’s statement of President Muhammadu Buhari that, Nigeria is winning war against Boko Haram.
The Army Chief stated that, even though the operating environment remains complex and dynamic, the terrorists in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria have been seriously degraded.
General Minimah who was the Reviewing Officer stated this at the Passing out Parade of the newly commissioned Army Lieutenants at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, NASI, Jaji, Kaduna State.
He told the newly commissioned officers that, they would be joining the rank of officers and men who have demonstrated gallantry and valour in defence of their fatherland against the terrorists.
According to him, “gentlemen, your imminent admission into the officer cadre comes with privileges but also with huge demands at great costs. You are being commissioned into the Nigerian Army at a time we are confronting one of our greatest challenges at home.
“Therefore, you must display a high level of competence and junior leadership that would endear you to your soldiers towards the attainment of our collective mission.
“You must be ready to contribute your quota towards taming the bandits called Boko Haram. You will be leading men who have firmly resolved that never again will a band of bigoted miscreants be allowed to unleash havoc on our country and its citizens.
“While the terrorists in the North-East have been seriously degraded, the operating environment remains no less complex and dynamic. I commend the courage of our officers, and men in the field who have demonstrated uncommon courage in this fight,” the Army Chief said.
While reminding the young officers that, the Army authority operates on a philosophy of zero tolerance for misconduct and cowardice, General Minimah told them that, the authority would demand nothing short of the very best from them.
However, the parade that winded up the 24 weeks intense conversion of the erstwhile civilian professionals to military officers was very colourful.