COAS tasks cadets to deploy acquired skills to tackle insecurity
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has charged cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) 69 Regular Course to deploy acquired combat skills and competences in tackling security challenges.
Yahaya gave the charge during the Battle Inoculation phase of Exercise Camp Highland, which wrapped up final exercises for Army cadets, before their passing out from NDA later in October.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
He expressed satisfaction with the level of training received by the cadets, saying there has been remarkable improvement in the quality of their combat training due to recent review of the academy’s training curriculum.
The COAS said the combat training was in tune with the army’s deliberate capacity development effort towards tackling contemporary security challenges.
He expressed optimism that the junior commanders would add value to ongoing operational efforts to restore peace and security in troubled parts of the country.
The COAS commended President Mohammadu Buhari for the confidence reposed in the Nigerian army, as well as his support and strategic guidance.
He assured the President and all Nigerians that the army, in synergy with other services and security agencies, would “speak to the insurgents and bandits in the language they understand”.
The Commandant of NDA, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, described the exercise as a “baptism into battle”, saying the exercise was a culmination of five years of training for the cadets before their graduation.
He said the exercise featured combat assault on simulated objects with live firing by combat teams of cadets, supported from the air to inject realism into the exercise.