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Army: We’re good example in Africa — military committed to Nigeria’s democracy

The chief of army staff Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja says the Nigerian Army is exemplary in Africa and will remain committed to upholding the country’s constitution and defending its “flourishing” democracy.

The military chief has charged operational commanders of the army to recalibrate their strength to deal “scientific blows” to the nation’s enemies.

Mr Lagbaja assured President Bola Tinubu of the unflinching loyalty and commitment of the army to the defence of the nation’s flourishing democracy and upholding the constitution.

“In this regard, the Nigerian Army remains unwavering in its commitment to setting good examples for other armies to emulate,” said Mr Lagbaja.

Mr Lagbaja said this at the closing of the Combined Second and Third Quarters COAS Conference on Thursday in Abuja. He said the briefs and deliberations by the commanders during the conference depicted that the task ahead would be challenging.

The chief of staff said the army is competent and committed to ensuring synergy with sister services and other security agencies to create an enabling environment for good governance and economic prosperity.

“Let me reiterate that we cannot afford to show any form of weakness because the adversaries we fight are emboldened by weakness. We must recalibrate our strength to give the scientific blows to the adversaries within and without appropriately,” stated the general. “Therefore, the decisions arrived at during our deliberations will help refine our training and operational activities toward realising desirable outcomes.”

Mr Lagbaja said the conference provided the army’s top brass a veritable platform to brainstorm and appraise the army’s activities so far in the year. He said the conference also afforded them quality time to review their training, operational and administrative activities that directly relate to security issues crucial to Nigeria and external environments.

According to him, formation commanders leading the various operations across the country’s geopolitical zone briefed the house in line with the conference programme.


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