Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, has charged graduating cadets to ensure they deploy acquired skills in tackling insecurity, which remains the country’s major challenge.
He spoke during the weekend as the Special Guest of Honour at the Battle Inoculation phase of Exercise Camp Highland, which wrapped up final exercises for the Army Cadets of Regular Course 69 of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), before their passing out later in October this year.
The COAS expressed satisfaction over the level of training received by the Cadets while noting that with the recent review of training curriculum in the academy, there has been remarkable improvement in the quality of cadets’ combat training, in tune with Army’s deliberate capacity development effort towards tackling contemporary security challenges.
He expressed optimism that as junior commanders, they will add value to ongoing operational efforts to restore peace and security in troubled parts of the country, Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement.
According to Nwachukwu, the COAS re-assured the President of the country, Muhammadu Buhari and all Nigerians that terrorists and bandits will all be dealt with.
“While pointing out that a lot of resources have been invested in training the cadets, the COAS expressed appreciation to the Commander – in- Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for the confidence reposed in the NA, as well as his support and strategic guidance.
“He assured the President and all Nigerians that the NA in synergy with other services and security agencies will ‘speak to the insurgents and bandits in the language they understand’,” Brig-Gen Nwachukwu stated.
Meanwhile, the Commandant NDA, Maj-Gen Ibrahim Yusuf has described Exercise Camp Highland Battle Inoculation as a ‘baptism of the Army Cadets into battle’.
Yusuf said the exercise is a culmination of five years of training for the Cadets before their graduation.
The exercise featured a combat assault on a simulated objective with live firing by a combat team of cadets, supported from the air by the Nigerian Air force to inject realism into the exercise.
The Commander Training and Doctrine Command, Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders and General Officer Commanding 1 Division among others were the senior officers that witnessed the exercise.
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