The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Taoreed Lagbaja, has assured Nigerians of renewed vigour from the Nigerian Army in combating the myriad of security challenges bedevilling parts of the country.
The Army chief disclosed this at the passing-out parade of the 85 Regular Recruits Intake at Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria, on Saturday, where he was the reviewing officer and Special Guest of Honour.
Lagbaja said the passing out of 6,315 recruits would bridge one of the gaps identified by the army in its effort to tame insecurity. He assured that in the coming days, law-abiding citizens would witness renewed stability and an atmosphere of peace that would enable them to go about their lawful businesses.
“I must underscore that the new soldiers are coming into the Nigerian Army when our dear country is faced with myriads of security challenges.
“The variety of threats they will be posted to manage on the field include insurgency in the North East, banditry and cattle rustling in the North West, and farmer-herder clashes in the North Central.
“Others are secessionist agitation and cultism in the South East; militancy and vandalism of national assets from the South-South, to mention but a few,” he said.
The COAS tasked the commandant of Depot NA and his team to take a few months off from now until the next recruitment to reflect on how to improve training towards aligning the product of Depot NA with emerging requirements in the field.
He assured that the Nigerian Army Headquarters would continue to support the training objectives of the institution through the provision of adequate facilities and equipment.