Army approves promotion for 5000 soldiers fighting Boko Haram

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The Nigerian Army has approved
the promotion of 5,000 soldiers
fighting insurgents in the North-
East and others involved in other
operations, as part of steps to
boost their morale.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur
Buratai, made the announcement
on Monday in Abuja at the opening
of the 2015 Chief of Army Staff
third quarter conference held at
the Army Headquarters conference
hall.

He said the approval of the
promotion of the soldiers was one
of the many measures introduced
by the Army under his command
to boost troops’ morale and
reposition its operations.

He said it was also in line with the
vision of the Army command to
reward gallant troops in any way
deemed fit to boost their combat
readiness and willingness to serve
their fatherland.

He said that troops serving in the
North-East and in other operations
in the country would regularly
receive rewards from the Army
high command for their selfless
service to the nation.

“Since we came on board, we have
introduced several measures
aimed at encouraging our troops
to give their best in the service of
their nation.

“The approval of the accelerated
promotion of 5,000 soldiers was to
redeem the promise made by my
predecessor to the troops fighting
insurgents in the North-East.

“It is my belief that this promotion, coupled with other incentives, will encourage our troops to fight for our country,’’ he said.

Mr. Buratai said that the Army,
under his watch, within the short
period, had recorded major successes in the areas of fighting
insurgency, improving its human
rights credentials as well as
improving the welfare of troops.

He said that his vision of
entrenching professionalism and
bequeathing a combat ready Army
to the nation was on course as
commanders and troops had been fully briefed to key into the vision.

He warned commanders and senior officers to guard against acts that could undermine efforts
of the present administration to rebuild the image of the Army.

“You will all agree with me that the renewed breath of change flows directly from the President in his directive to our operations and
other directive on his vision for the Army.

“I therefore demand that you all react with corresponding appropriateness with regards to
the directive because majority of our requirements within the limited period has been provided for,’’ he said.

The COAS charged the officers and all personnel of the Nigeria Army to constantly maintain the required level of physical fitness.

He gave all Army officers and soldiers a December 15, 2015 deadline to shape up or face
the medical board for the appropriate disciplinary actions.

He also warned against leasing or selling of Nigeria Army lands across the country to private individuals or organisations and
directed lands already sold be recovered with immediate effect.

The one-day conference will take briefs from theatre commanders on all Army operations across the country.

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