Army Chief charges soldiers to defend nation’s territory at all cost
As 5,800 Recruits Pass Out At Army Depot, Zaria
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt- Gen Farouk Yahaya, yesterday, told soldiers to be prepared to defend the nation’s territorial integrity at all cost.
Yahaya, who gave the charge to the 81 Regular Recruit Intake, where 5,800 recruits were enlisted, after passing out at the Nigerian Army Depot, Zaria, said that the country was facing numerous security challenges, occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists, armed bandits, kidnappers, secessionist agitators and other criminal elements.
Yahaya, who was the reviewing officer at the Passing Out Parade (POP), said the security challenges could only be surmounted by the collective resolve and effort of every officer, including the newly recruited ones.
He said: “You must be ready to go wherever to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria at any cost. You must obey all legitimate orders issued to you by your superiors, no matter how unpleasant. It is also necessary to highlight that you are subject to both civil and military laws. As such, you must avoid any act that is inimical and poses a danger to the interest of the Nigerian Army, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the nation in general.”
While commending the efforts of Depot Nigerian Army for turning out brilliant soldiers for the country, the COAS said: “Depot Nigerian Army, since its establishment in 1924, has borne the responsibility of moulding selected able- bodied citizens into well-trained and disciplined soldiers to meet the manpower demands of the Nigerian Army. This function is of utmost importance and remains relevant, considering the numerous security challenges presently bedeviling our great nation.”
He urged the new soldiers to maintain a high standard of professionalism and remain good ambassadors of Depot Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Army and the Armed Forces of Nigeria.