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Nigerian Soldiers Must Be Professionally Competent — Tukur Buratai

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur BurataiThe Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has urged soldiers to prioritise requisite training to aid the attainment of highest standards of professional competence.

Buratai revealed this at the presentation of prizes and beating retreat of 78th Regular Recruits Intake of the Depot Nigerian Army held at the institution in Zaria, Kaduna State.

He said every one of them must do all they can to meet the required standard.

The COAS, represented by Maj-Gen. Aminu Bichi-Maitama (Rtd) had this to say, “You are to note that training in the Nigerian Army is a continuous process and would last throughout the career.

“I therefore urge you all to attain requisite courses after passing out in order to attain highest standard of professional competence for steady career progression.

“From what we have witnessed today, it is clear that all the training companies competed keenly in various competitive events that were aimed at enhancing your training in Depot Nigerian Army.”

“Take advantage of every opportunity that may come your way. Meanwhile, today’s event officially signifies the end of the training activities outlined for your intake except the passing out parade which is slated for Oct. 19.

“Note that the Depot Nigerian Army has introduced you to initial military training as a foundation you need to build your career upon.”

Commandant, Depot Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Sani Muhammad also hailed the graduating recruits as some of the best intakes in Depot in recent times. His words, “This can be attested by the excellent performance in various field training exercises, competitive events and other aspects of training.

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“There is no doubt that the attainment of this turnout could not have come without the commitment, diligence and dedication of all those involved in the training of these recruits.

“Thus, this underscores the significance of giving awards to deserving members of staff of Depot Nigerian Army who have distinguished themselves.

“It is pertinent to also mention some of these exercises in which the recruits have performed excellently.

“These include; exercise first leg, exercise second leg, six kilometers run, 10 kilometers run, 20 kilometers run and exercise kungama among others.”

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