Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika, yesterday expressed dismay with the performance of commanders in tackling operational challenges especially in the face of insecurity posed by insurgents.
He made this known at the second Commanding Officers workshop 2013, at the 1 Division Nigeria Army Headquarters, Kaduna.
He said “the best thing to do under fire situation is to crawl and peel your knees to take end fire against the enemy. I have not seen much of tactics and strategy in our action so far. As we discuss, I believe I will make my views known, but I wish you will recall what I said in an army conference held in Delta state where I emphasized and ruled out several said principles. The first factor I emphasized militating our efforts was the issue of lack of mode.”
Ihejirika decried a situation where commanding officers relax in the comfort of their houses while their officers and men stay on the field to combat the insurgency saying, “your first task is to make your officers and soldiers to realize that they are in operational situation and once you get that right, things will continue to fall in place, otherwise, how do you explain a case where a unit is inducted into an operational area and the unit commander and the officers and others would prefer to stay in air-conditioned houses.
“How safe would you feel if you do not have to learn the hard way?, he queried, adding “if as a commanding officer, you stroll out in the evening and look at your environment and look at how safe your troops are and put yourself in the position of the attacker; am sure you will come up with several ideas on how to deal with the problem.”
He said the workshop was “to interact realistically and come up with solutions to problems.”