The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Faruk Yahaya has assured Nigerians that the Army would do everything possible to ensure a stable democracy in the country by dealing decisively with all violent groups.
General Yahaya disclosed this during a 3-Day TRADOC Combined Training and Doctrine Seminar for officers and men of the Nigerian Army, with the theme “Enhancing Training and Operations Through Doctrinal Imperatives in a Joint Environment”.
At the training which held in Minna, the Niger State capital, the COAS who was represented by the Director General, Nigerian Army Heritage and Future Centre, Headquarters Abuja, Maj. Gen. Kamilu Kadiri, said the programme was geared towards repositioning and uplifting the Nigerian Army for greater excellence and performance of its duties by enhancing professionalism, readiness and cooperation.
“In history, most of the failed battles recorded are either traceable or ascribed to inadequate, improper or lack of requisite training. The training must be realistic, continuous and evolving to meet the changing nature of war, conflicts and domestic realities.
“It is a reality that CTCOIN is logistically costlier than conventional war due to the complexity and variety of material required to prosecute operations in which humanitarian, search and rescue, force protection and prevention equipment are required.
“There is need that materials are accurately and speedily sourced and delivered to the troops at the right time, right place in the right condition in the battle situation,” the army chief asserted.
The Chief of Army Staff who was of the opinion that the dynamic nature of global conflicts have moved from conventional, further observed that there was need for paradigm shift from the classical battlefield’s conventional deployment and and progressive evaluation of the combat efficiency of Nigerian Army to ensure maximum results.
He said the Nigerian Army must also maintain training and retraining of its officers and men to enable them deliver well in the ongoing fight against insurgency and other violent crimes across the country, adding that the army would not allow logistical challenges in their various operations to have negative impacts on its capabilities.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commander, Training and Doctrine Command, Maj. Gen. Stevenson Olabanji said the objective of the seminar was to highlight issues that bordered on training, operations, administration and logistics and how they impacted on the effectiveness of the army as well as developing the capacity of all personnel towards harnessing their skills and contribution to the operational efficiency of the Nigerian Army.
Facilities commissioned during the event included: a TRADOC Records Office, Finance Commander’s House, Corporal Below Quarters, a Nigerian Army Post Exchange and an Officers Mess Squash Court.