- The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has vowed that army would remain responsive and apolitical
- He gave the assurance in Ibadan at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Chief of Army Staff annual conference
- He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the successes recorded by the army
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Thursday, December 14, assured Nigerians that the army would remain responsive and apolitical in the discharge of its constitutional duty.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com, Buratai gave the assurance in Ibadan at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Chief of Army Staff annual conference.
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He appealed for the understanding of Nigerians as the army continues to perform its responsibilities as enshrined in the constitution.
The army chief also promised that the resolutions reached at the end of the conference would be judiciously implemented.
“As we enter 2018, the Nigerian army identified the core values of discipline, professionalism and responsiveness as the benchmark to reposition the service.
“There is the need for maintenance culture and continuous infrastructural development and welfare of personnel in the performance of their operation.
“I promise to use all available resources that would encourage all officers and soldiers perform optimally in their various command.
"The Nigerian Army noted and reiterated the need for continuous self-assessment of its capabilities vis-à-vis ongoing operations with a view to optimizing existing capacities while strategizing for increased combat efficiency.
"Critical thinking by all officers was identified as a means necessary for projecting the Nigerian Army to greater heights. It also highlighted the need for collaboration with sister Services, paramilitary and other security agencies for a robust security architecture capable of dealing with existing and emerging security challenges.
"The conference also deliberated on issues impacting on the conduct of ongoing Nigerian Army operations and the need for such operations to be conducted within the context of the rule of law and international best practices.
"Human rights issues were also discussed which brought to fore the need for commanders at all levels to abide by extant rules in fulfilling Nigerian army’s obligations to the citizenry especially the strict employment of established Rules of Engagement.
"Civil Military Relations was highlighted as part of Nigerian Army’s efforts to integrate and relate to the general public especially host communities for the winning of their hearts and minds.
"The Nigerian Army identified the need to explore capacity building as a vibrant tool for efficiency in the conduct of its affairs in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s Vision which is “To have a professionally responsive Nigerian Army in the discharge of its constitutional roles”.
"The Nigerian Army’s sustenance strategy through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) was discussed with a view to enhancing its self-generated revenue. Appropriate and timely government funding of the Nigerian army was identified as a requisite condition for prompt successes in the conduct of operations", Buratai said.
He said that the objective of the conference had been achieved as the army performed creditably well in 2017.
Buratai also said that the Official Secrets Act of 1962 would be applied strictly in the conduct of future army operations.
He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the successes recorded by the army.
Declaring the conference closed, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state commended the participants, saying the forum confirmed the patriotism and unity of the army.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported a former minister of state for Niger Delta Affairs, Sam Ode, on Tuesday, December 12, unveiled a book written on the achievements of the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai.
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