By Abiodun OBA
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Taoreed Lagbaja has directed freshly passed out graduates of Depot Nigerian Army to stamp out security challenges in their various areas of deployment across the country.
COAS Lagbaja gave the directive during the graduation of 654 battle-ready troops of ‘Exercise Restore Hope V’, at the in Kachia, Kaduna State.
He also warned criminal elements in the country to lay down their arms or be eliminated.
Exercise Restore Hope is an advance infantry cum special forces training designed to further enhance the capability of young soldiers designed to adapt personnel who freshly passed out of Depot Nigerian Army to the challenges posed by the ever-changing nature of threats within Nigeria’s security environment.
COAS Lagbaja promised that the Nigerian Army would sustain the trajectory of training young soldiers to enhance their combat proficiency.
He explained that the essence of the training was to make the troops better equipped in confronting the security challenges in the country.
Lagbaja added that the training was part of efforts of the Nigerian army to close observed gaps in its operations.
The COAS said through focused, adaptive, and effective training, the Nigerian Army would produce highly skilled and competent manpower for operational engagements in all theatres.
The Army Chief charged the troops to justify the huge investment made on them and reminded them on the need to synergize with sister security agencies for effective service delivery.
Lagbaja who appreciated President Bola Tinubu for his untiring support to the Nigerian Army, also inaugurated a bakery at the Nigerian Army School of Artillery Kachia.
High points of the event included display of various drills and skills by the troops.