By Suleiman Adamu
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, is espousing a new vision for the Nigerian Army. He said the Nigerian Army under his leadership, is being repositioned to conduct its Operations efficiently despite contemporary security challenges.
He said this has become imperative in order to defeat the myriad of adversaries behind threats to internal security of the country.
This was disclosed by Lt. Gen. Yahaya during the second Senior Command and Leadership Seminar held at the 1 Division Auditorium, Kaduna on Wednesday, August 11. Incumbent and potential General Officers Commanding (GOC) and Brigade Commanders were the target of the seminar.
The Army will be better positioned under the current leadership through effective training and re-training, according to the Army chief. He said he believed that the capacity of the Army to checkmate security challenges currently bedeviling the country will be improved through training.
Gen. Yahaya assured participants that mechanisms are already in motion to reinvigorate training and to effectively plan and conduct operations, drawing lessons from previous operations.
The Army chief further charged the GOCs and Brigade Commanders to devise multidimensional, multidisciplinary and multifaceted approaches to defeat all adversaries and challenges. He urged the senior officers to make the utmost use of the opportunities offered by the seminar.
The General Officer Commanding 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Kabiru Mukhtar, while addressing participants at the seminar, noted that the seminar is a clear indication of the premium Gen. Yahaya places on quality leadership in the Nigerian Army.
Gen. Mukhtar stressed that contemporary threats and operating environment demand innovative leadership and competence from commanders.
The GOC further declared that operations under the Division have yielded remarkable successes leading to a marked decline in security incidents in the Division’s Area of Responsibility. He attributed the achievements to the concerted effort of troops of the Division and sister security agencies, under the guidance of the Chief of Army Staff.
The keynote address at the seminar was delivered by General Martin Luther Agwai (Rtd), former Chief of Defence Staff.
Also present at the event were Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, former Director Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Lawrence Ngubane, former Chief of Operations, as well as principal staff officers from the Army Headquarters, Corps Commanders, Commanders of military Institutions, formations and other security agencies.