The Nigerian Army has promoted 2900 soldiers out of the 10,000 recommended by various commanders nation-wide with the promise that more promotions are on the way as a way of rewarding them for their dedication to duty in the wake of the security challenges facing the nation.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, made this disclosure yesterday while decorating 14 of the 37 officers promoted from the rank of colonels to brigadiers-generals.
Among those decorated were the only survivor of the 2006 military plane crash, Brig-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, and the ADC to the late President Umar Yar'Adua, Brig-Gen. Mustapha Onoyiveta.
Gen. Ihejirika told the newly promoted officers to see their new positions as a call to higher responsibility and work towards achieving the vision of the army.
"I don't want you to see your ranks as chieftaincy titles but recognition of good work. Your promotion is a demonstration of trust and hope that you have much more to offer," he said, calling on them to showcase their best qualities and adding that more will be promoted before the end of this month.
Earlier, the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, had congratulated the newly promoted officers and evaluated the Army's efforts in fighting terrorism, saying their promotion was a call to higher services.
He also noted that the Army is best in the world in terms of discipline and commitment to duty, and had remained the best on the continent.
Responding, one of the newly promoted officers Brig. Gen. Adekunle Sodunke said that he and his colleagues were aware that the elevation was a call to more responsibilities, pledging to uphold the trust bestowed on them by the military.