THE Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-General Kenneth Minimah has charged serving Officers of the Nigerian Army to imbibe the virtue of loyalty to the nation in the discharge of their duties.
Minimah gave the charge yesterday at Mogadishu Cantonment, Abuja, during the pull out ceremony of 31 Generals comprising 17 Major Generals and 14 Brigadier Generals led by the retired Maj-Gen. Essien Bassey.
The retiring Generals, however, called for the archiving of the experiences gathered by the Army in the fight against Boko Haram for future operational references.
Minimah, represented by the Army Chief of Policy and Plans, Maj-Gen. Ugo Buzugbe, who spoke with journalists after the event, noted that “service in the military is service to humanity; it is the only profession where you pay the supreme price.”
He added: “The only way to surmount the roughness of the profession, because it is rough most of the time, is by training and being professional on the job. This is sacrifice that requires loyalty, commitment and hard work.”
He told the retiring officers that it was “a thing of pride to have joined the army, served meritorious and are retiring hale and hearty in one piece.”
Gen. Bassey, who was the CAPP at the Army Headquarters before retirement was the parade Reviewing Officer who gave the valedictory remarks on behalf of his colleagues.
He noted that it took them endurance, encouragement, determination, prayers and the grace of God to reach the pinnacle of the profession.
He enjoined serving soldiers that every experience got in the course of service counts even in retirement, noting that there was the need to document every experience acquired in fighting Boko Haram for improved efficiency.
“Experience acquired in various capacities are extremely invaluable for our professional conduct and efficiency. The Army must carefully document its experiences in the ongoing operations in the North East with a view to improving on its overall combat efficiency.
“Combat operation methods and logistics must be reviewed amongst others to enhance combat readiness and efficiency,” he said.
Bassey also charged serving officers to remain “loyal and extra vigilant always.”
Source: The Guardian