Nigeria’s chief of army staff (CoS) Faruk Yahaya has said the Nigerian Army has the capacity and moral strength to deliver on its constitutional mandate of defending the nation.
Yahaya spoke on Wednesday in Abuja at the closing of the 2023 edition of the Chief of Army Staff First Quarter Conference.
Yahaya commended troops for their commitment and sacrifice across theatres of operations and during the general election, adding that there is no lawful assignment the army cannot deliver on.
He encouraged the troops to sustain the tempo in the defence of the nation’s territorial integrity, adding that the collective efforts of the personnel led to operational successes being recorded across the theatres of operations.
“I must also remark that we have the capacity and moral strength to deliver on our constitutional mandate,” he said.
“We should, therefore, always be reminded that we are men of honour and we should perform our duty with courage and complete loyalty.”
The army chief urged commanders to strive to improve on recorded successes and also pay attention to troops’ conduct in all operations.
“Commanding officers must take full responsibility for their units and always apply their initiatives in taking charge of their units,” he said.
Yahaya added that the Nigerian Army is on course to achieving self-sufficiency in defence production.
“I am glad that the Nigerian army research and development efforts has in recent times received renewed push to contribute towards addressing our needs and contemporary challenges,” he said.
“The newly established Nigerian Army Heritage and Future Centre is also positioned to support the research and development effort Nigerian Army delivers.”