Zaria — The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, yesterday in Zaria said the Army has been engaged in true military training to cope with the present security challenges in the country.
Ihejirika made this known during the Passing Out Parade (POP) of the 68th Regular Recruits Intake at the Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria.
Ihejirika said the recruits who graduated yesterday would form part of his effort to transform the Nigerian Army into a force that would be able to meet the contemporary challenges.
"Since assuming office as the COAS, I have been preaching and trying to experiment true military training that would enable us cope with these present challenges. To me, hard and realistic training is one of the surest ways of attaining these challenges. These young soldiers epitomize this vision," Ihejirika said.
Represented by Major General EE Bassey, Army's Chief Administration Officer, the COAS urged the graduating recruits and the entire Army personnel to be aware that the military profession is all abouts upreme sacrifice, honour, discipline, loyalty, perseverance and valour.
"Our political masters have been very cooperative and supportive. Round the clock they are working tirelessly to improve our lots especially in equippment, training and general administration.
It behoves on us to remain disciplined and unreservedly loyal to the constituted authorities," Ihejirika said.
In company of the commandant of the Depot NA, Brigadier General HuseiniAbayomi Saliu, the COAS reviewed the POP comprising 3,935 recruits.