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Nigerian Army Urged to Embrace Innovation for National Security

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed, emphasized the imperative for the Nigerian Army to remain adaptable, innovative,

Nigerian Army Urged to Embrace Innovation for National Security

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed, emphasized the imperative for the Nigerian Army to remain adaptable, innovative, and prepared to undertake non-traditional military roles to ensure national survival. He made these remarks during the inauguration of the First Quarter Chief of Army Staff Conference held at the Army Headquarters Command Officers Mess in Abuja, Nigeria.

General Lagbaja underscored the volatile and complex security landscape, urging commanders to enhance awareness across the force. The conference served as a platform to assess readiness, devise strategies, and bolster collective performance in fulfilling constitutional obligations amidst evolving security challenges.

While addressing the loss of troops from the 181 Amphibious Battalion in the Okuama Community on March 14, 2024, General Lagbaja expressed condolences and encouraged personnel to maintain resilience and dedication. He charged field commanders and troops to intensify efforts in confronting adversaries and restoring peace in troubled regions.

Emphasizing professionalism and respect for human rights, the Chief of Army Staff announced new initiatives aimed at improving troops’ welfare. These initiatives include the Affordable Home Ownership Option for All Soldiers (AHOOAS), ensuring soldiers have access to personal accommodation post-service. Additionally, measures have been introduced to cater to soldiers with operational-related disabilities, such as setting aside 5 percent of AHOOAS Scheme in each estate for allocation to these personnel.

To enhance personnel training, General Lagbaja highlighted special initiatives like SHINING STAR V, FAST BOLT II, and RESTORE HOPE VI, which were implemented in the first quarter to address prevailing security challenges.

Major General Abdulsalami Ibrahim, Chief of Policy and Plans Army, emphasized the Army’s commitment to operational success and urged officers to remain resilient despite recent attacks. He reaffirmed the Army’s dedication to protecting citizens and the nation’s territorial integrity.

The conference serves as a testament to the Nigerian Army’s resolve to adapt to changing security dynamics and uphold national security interests through innovation and strategic planning.

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