The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Yusuf Tukur Buratai, at the weekend attributed the great successes recorded by the military in the fight against Boko Haram to high morale.
Buratai, who spoke as the reviewing officer and special guest of honour at the Passing Out Parade of 73 Regular Recruits Intake at the Nigerian Army depot in Zaria, Kaduna State, said the armed forces were decisively tackling the security challenges confronting Nigeria to the level that the activities of Boko Haram and other criminal elements were being seriously checked.
“All hands are on deck to deny the Boko Haram terrorists and indeed other criminal enemies any freedom of action wherever they are. I wish to applaud President Muhammadu Buhari for his continuous support to the Nigerian Army, and this is a morale booster to the young soldiers.
“The Nigerian Army Depot has since its establishment in 1924 remained pivotal in the production of lower cadre manpower for the Nigerian Army. Training at this institution provides the platform for the transformation of able-bodied young men and women from civilians into combatant soldiers capable of defending our territorial integrity from all threats.
“This function is very vital, particularly in this period of daunting security challenges currently confronting our nation. I wish to congratulate the graduate recruits and remind them that a lot would be demanded from them in terms of discipline, loyalty, selfless service, courage, integrity and respect for others”, he said.