The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has charged troops of the Nigerian Army to always put in their best and contribute to the success of the force in all its campaigns. General Faruk gave the charge during a one day seminar organised by the Army Headquarters Department of Transformation and Innovation held at the Headquarters 2 Division Nigerian Army, Ibadan.
The COAS represented by the Commander Infantry Corps, Major General Christopher Musa challenged the troops to always ask themselves if they have contributed meaningfully to the success and progress of the force, if not they should check themselves and did the needful. He enjoined Senior Non Commissioned Officers in the various formations and units to constantly check, advice and imbibe in their subordinates the right ethos in conformity with the Nigerian Army customs, ethics and traditions.
In his remarks, the Chief of Transportation and Innovation Army, represented by the Director of Transformation Major General Adewole Adekeye while urging the participants to transmit what they have learnt during the seminar to their subordinates, also described a soldier as a warrior based on his training and doctrine. He opined that the seminar has served as a reminder to troops on the purpose of their recruitment/Commission into the Nigerian Army and in defending the territorial integrity of the country.
Delivering a lecture titled “Enhancing Warrior Ethos in the Nigerian Army for Improved Combat Effectiveness”, the Director of Transformation, Army Headquarters Department of Transformation and Innovation Major General Adewole Adekeye pointed out some constituents of warrior ethos and inherent gaps in the Nigerian Army methodology to include; doctrinal process, inadequacy of the Nigerian Army creed and lack of the Nigerian Army warrior ethos statement, training methodology and content, weak or lack of unit cohesion and leadership gaps amongst others. He however proffered the way forward amongst which are: warrior ethos content in all soldiers need to be constantly/consistently measured, NA should be concerned about how to monitor both the formative and normative precepts of the warriors code, recognising heroes and the continuous enhancement of the welfare of officers/soldiers.
In another paper titled “Warrior Ethos as a Critical Enabler for Combat Efficiency in the Nigerian Army”, Brigadier General JA Lawoyin(Rtd) called for the revamping of the Nigerian Army recruitment process and remodeling of its training both at the entry point and at unit levels. He suggested an emplacement of a credible reward system which must uphold merit and eschew mediocrity, have zero tolerance for misfits,eye service and bootlickers, as well as celebrating past and present heroes.
The seminar was attended by the former GOC 2 Division Nigerian Army Major General OF Azinta, officers and soldiers drawn from 2 Division Area of Responsibility.