The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Major General Farouk Yahaya, has issued a stern warning to the Nigerian Army commanders, stating that he would no longer be accepting any form of excuses from them. ayokinews.com reports
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ‘Combined Second and Third Quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference’ on Monday in Abuja, Major Genaral Farouk Yahaya, urged all commanders to encourage their troops to intensify their efforts in the ongoing military operations against terror in the country.
The COAS further promised to ensure that the Nigerian troops are well equipped and trained so as to be able to combat any form of insurgency or insecurity that may pose a threat to the Nigerian populace.
In his words, “Commanders must, therefore, glean from my `Command Philosophy’ to ensure that operational and administrative proficiencies of Nigerian Army units and formations are sustained and improved upon.
“Commanders must seize initiative and commanders must take initiative, they must take decisive actions to defeat the threats in their respective areas of responsibilities (AORs).
“I will not again take or accept no excuses. Gentlemen, failure is failure irrespective of the circumstances.
“I will ensure that through functional training, officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army are equipped with the right attitude, competencies and skills to effectively undertake daring missions in addition to developing special operations forces.
“This would be closely followed by procurement that ensures appropriate kitting and provision of protective gear, weapons, equipment and platforms.
“Let me however remind you all that while no effort will be spared in achieving these goals, it is command responsibility to ensure the sustenance and maintenance of all equipment.
“We must therefore strive to improve our maintenance culture to prolong the life span of our platforms and equipment.”