Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Yusuf Buratai has commissioned a new set of Officer Cadets at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry in Jaji, Kaduna just as he warned that there was no place for disloyal officers and soldiers in the army especially in the fight against insurgency in the North East.
Consequently he has vowed that troops who are disloyal to the system and perform contrary to the rules of engagement will be shown the way out.
Speaking at the ‘Passing Out Parade’ of Officer Cadets of Executive Commission Course 7 of 2017, he said, “The Nigerian Army is currently taking stock and undergoing a period of self-appraisal. Therefore there is zero tolerance for indiscipline and unprofessional conduct”.
“Any act of disloyalty to the system, disobedience to constituted authority and insubordination will be decisively dealt with and defaulters shown the way out”.
He told the Infantry Cadets, “Your commissioning into the Nigerian Army is coming at a period we are consolidating the gains of several years of intense security challenges.
“The army, as you knows has been involved in combat operations against terrorist groups, especially in the North East where operation Lafiya Dole is ongoing.
“At the same time, other personnel have been involved in conducting various anti-banditry operations in various parts of the country especially in the North Central Region.
“The South-South Region has equally been plagued by the activities of the Niger Delta militants who are bent on crippling the economy of the nation by engaging in wanton destruction of crude oil and petroleum infrastructures”.
“You have all taken your oath of allegiance to be loyal first to the Commander in Chief of the armed forces, thereafter to the Nigerian Army and down the line.
“Therefore, I command you to avail yourselves with the approved Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service as it applies to your commission”.
“The Nigerian Army is strictly guided by this document in its engagements and re-engagement of its personnel.
“I also wish to emphasize that as a professional army, there are established channels of communication with regards to official matters, correspondences and even expression of grievances. You are to be guided by these channels throughout your career.
To the Commandant and Instructors, Buratai said, “I must give credit to the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) which has within this short period of 3 months, transformed, tutored and nurtured these service men and women to end products”.
“From the reports I received from the Commandant, on their training and the parade we witnessed today, there is ample evidence that these officers have been put through the mills and have come out refined and ready to contribute their quota to the Nigerian Army’s efforts at preserving the national security of our nation”.
In addition to reviewing the passing out parade and administering of oath on the officer cadets, the COAS also commissioned two projects within the Jaji Military Cantonment.
The projects were the remodeled NASI Students Hostels and new Car Park of Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC) which were named after Major General HI edit, Commander of Infantry Corps of the Nigerian army and Air Vice Marshal SA Dambo, Commandant, AFCSC respectively.