The Chief of Army of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has charged personnel of the army to be committed and keep fit always, saying there is no room for laxity in the military.
Buratai gave the charge while addressing 200 cadets of Regular Course 63, who had concluded their training, shortly after inaugurating the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) base camp in Jos.
He also reminded them that the military had done the country proud and must be ready to continue to make the military proud.
“I want to tell you that in the military there is no room for laxity. Whatever we do, we must do it with precision and a deep sense of commitment.
“One thing that is associated with the military, apart from discipline is exercise to keep fit always.
“I expect you to be at the top at all times, physically,’’ Buratai charged.
The chief of army staff stressed that with current security challenges in the country, especially insurgency in the North East; officers and men were expected to be committed, precise and physically fit.
“The reality is that in the North East you will encounter unexpected ambushes and indeed IEDs – Improvised Explosive Devices, where the Boko Haram terrorists operate.
“You must be conscious of these threats in the theatre and wherever you operate at the end of your training here.
“And after being commissioned, I am sure some of you will find your way to the North East. So, you better make up your mind.
“You are going to be relied upon as commission officers, you must maintain that standard of discipline, you must remain physically fit, no room for any laxity,’’ he told the cadets.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training the cadets underwent in the base included field, leadership and adventure, a mock war, depicting the situation in the North East.