COAS lauds troops, charges them to exhibit competence, gallantry

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has charged troops of the Nigerian Army to always exhibit professionalism, competence and gallantry in the conduct of military operations across the country.

This was contained in a statement on Monday by Onyema Nwachukwu, Brigadier General, Director Army Public Relations.

According to him, Lieutenant General Yahaya gave the charge while addressing troops of 2 Division Nigerian Army at the Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment Parade Ground, during his working visit to the Division.

He urged the troops to deploy their competency, skill and experience gained over the years against the nation’s adversaries, especially in the ongoing onslaught against terrorism, banditry and other sundry crimes in the country.

The statement said the COAS lauded the troops for their perseverance and will in fighting the insecurity bedeviling the nation.

He enjoined them to continue to improve the conduct of all ongoing operations in order to effectively tackle security challenges in the country.

The statement further called on officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOS) to lead by good example, just as he is poised to reward gallantry, professional conduct and excellence.

The statement warned that the COAS will not hesitate to punish those who portray the Army in a bad light.

He added that the military hierarchy has resolved to provide all necessary requirements for personnel to progress and aspire to any higher rank through training, welfare and an enabling environment, conducive for troops and their families.

He assured that vehicle and tied down accommodation will be provided for Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSM) at formation and unit levels to enhance proficiency and productivity.

“During the working visit to the Division, the COAS commissioned an Indoor Sports Hall at Maj Gen John Mark Inienger sports complex, to be named after Late General Ibrahim Attahiru and the administrative block at the Tiger Mini Estate, Alapata, Ibadan.

“The COAS also presented a brand new Toyota Hilux as an official vehicle to the Division’s Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM), Army Warrant Officer Samuel Odeh.

“General Yahaya later paid a courtesy call on the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr Olusheyi Makinde and His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso 1, the Olubadan of Ibadan land,” the statement said.