By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
Depot Nigerian Army since its establishment has the primary responsibility of moulding able bodied civilians into disciplined soldiers to meet the manpower requirements of the Nigerian Army.
The Special Guest of Honour and Reviewing Officer for the 80th Regular Recruits Intake Passing Out Parade (POP) Major General Danjuma Hamisu Ali who stated this, said the function is of utmost importance considering the numerous security challenges bedeviling this country.
He said Depot Nigerian Army has planned its training activities in line with vision of having “a Nigerian Army that is repositioned to professionally defeat all adversary in a joint environment.
“It is worthy to note that as you pass out today, the strength and combat efficiency of the Nigerian Army has been enhanced with about six thousand, four hundred men.
“Depot NA has continued to evolve innovative ways of improving the standards in the training of personnel for the Nigerian Army.”
Major General Ali Keffi said the realistic and result oriented training that is being impacted to personnel in Depot NA has been yielding positive results, evident by the robust fighting spirit displayed by Nigerian soldiers in the theatre of operation.
He said with the excellent display of drills exhibited on the parade ground , he is certain that they have acquired the basic training that is required of them to be good soldiers.
According to him, the Institution, being the premier Military institution in Nigeria, remains distinguished among its contemporaries within and outside the country.
” I assure you of my total commitment and support towards improving the standards of training, welfare of recruits and staff of Depot Nigerian Army and indeed the Nigerian Army in general.
“Depot NA is pivotal in the fight against criminality in the country and will therefore, continue to receive the needed support to sustain its activities.
“As Nigeria is facing numerous security challenges occasioned by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists, armed bandits, kidnappers, IPOB and other criminal elements, we will not rest on our oars until this country is safe for all of us,” he assured.
He congratulated the recruits for their successful completion of initial training at the Institution and equally welcomed them into the Nigerian Army where he said a lot would be required from them in terms of loyalty, selfless service, courage, discipline, integrity and respect for others which are the core values of the Nigerian Army.
“You are expected to always do your utmost best in order to sustain these values through high professional standards in order to enhance your individual ability and our collective cohesion,” he advised.
He urged them to assimilate and retain the mental, physical and spiritual training given to them at the Institution and the ones they will be exposed to at their respective units, formation and corps.
“The Nigerian Army has given you much and the country is expecting much from you,” he tasked.
He continued, ” As majority of you are going to be deployed to counter the activities of criminal elements that are dragging this country backward you are to remain focused and victory is ours,” he said.
General Ali Keffi reminded them of the Oath of Allegiance that was administered, stressing that by that oath, they have acquired a special status where they are subject to both civil and military laws.
He also warned them to avoid any act that is capable of tarnishing the image of the Nigerian Army and by extension, the nation in general.
Seven gun shots were observed in honour of late COAS, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru and all Military formation flags were flown half mast while NAOWA dressed in white with black veils as a sign of mourning.