The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Faruk Yahaya has said the country must win the war on insurgency especially as the next generation elections approaches.
Yahaya, a Lieutenant General, said this on Monday during the 2022 Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) combined first and second quarter conference held at the Nigerian Army Institute of Science and Technology, Ilorin, Kwara State.
The event was themed: Advancing Education Amidst Nigeria Security Challenges: The Place of NAEC.
He called on the soldiers to remain apolitical when deployed for internal security operations during the period.
According to him, the Nigerian Army shall remain resolute in discharging her constitutional roles and provide support in aid to civil authority while carrying out other statutory responsibilities in defence of Nigeria’s territorial integrity.
“The Nigerian Army is determined more than ever to win the fight against insurgency to secure the Nigerian space for the safety of lives and property.
“This is imperative with the forthcoming 2023 General Elections and it, therefore, becomes pertinent to remind personnel of our commitment as soldiers on the need to remain apolitical and patriotic while discharging our duties when deployed on any internal security operations,” the COAS who was represented by Major General Gold Chibuisi from Ibadan stated.
He said the conference provides a platform for the Education Corps to deliberate on the issue concerning it in line with his vision to have a professional Nigerian Army ready to accomplish assigned missions within a joint environment in defence of Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Corps Commander Education NAEC, Major General Mohammed Augie said the effort to reposition NAEC has been aided by the unflinching support and assistance of the COAS.
He said he will not rest on his oars to have a NAEC that is professionally repositioned to discharge its responsibilities in the support of the Nigerian Army.