The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, said on Friday that the Nigerian Army was among the best in the world.
Minimah, who is also the reviewing officer, made the statement at the passing out parade of 70 Recruits Intake Trades Men/Women held at the Depot Nigerian Army, Zaria, Kaduna.
“With the calibre of young soldiers there is no doubt the Nigerian Army is not only Africa’s finest, Nigerian Army also ranks best among her contemporaries in the world.
“Its exemplary performance in internal security operations as well as peacekeeping operations has been widely commended”, he said.
Minimah lauded the Nigerian Army Schools for giving the recruits special training in different trades.
He said the Army Schools provided trades works training to the recruits while the Depot Nigerian Army provided them with training in weapon handling, drilling, field craft and general administration among others.
The COAS charged the graduating recruits to exhibit high sense of discipline, dedication, selflessness, resilience and commitment to service.
“I urge you to remain focused, committed, selfless, disciplined and loyal. You must not engage in anything that will tarnish the image of the Nigerian Army and the nation at large”.
The Army boss lauded the Depot Nigerian Army for demonstrating high skills in moulding the soldiers to serve the country to the best of their abilities.
He noted that there was increasing demand for higher qualification in recruits.
Minimah was represented by Maj-Gen. Kenneth Osujie, Commandant, First Mechanised Division, Kaduna.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 2,404 recruits graduated during the ceremony in which four received awards for distinguishing themselves during training. (NAN)