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Insufficient commitment among soldiers is the cause for recent setbacks in army operations – Army Chief Buratai says

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff

Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, alleges that insufficient commitment of officers and soldiers is affecting the war against insurgency.

“It is unfortunate, but the truth is that almost every setback the Nigerian Army has had in our operations in recent times can be traced to insufficient willingness to perform assigned tasks or simply insufficient commitment to a common national and military course by those at the frontlines,” the army chief said.

Buratai stated this on Tuesday at the opening of a five-day leadership workshop for mid-level officers and soldiers in Abuja.

According to him, insufficient commitment is the cause of the recent spate of terrorist attacks in the North-East.

“Many of those on whom the responsibility for physical actions against the adversary squarely falls are yet to fully take ownership of our common national or service cause. And this is the reason why I have always ensured that the promotion of army personnel is essentially based on professional considerations only,” he added.

He further revealed that there were cases of soldiers unwilling to carry out assignments. Buratai berated these soldiers who he described as reluctant, saying that they should leave the service as the army would no longer tolerate them.

“Hence the theme of the workshop has been aptly chosen as ‘Lead, follow or get out of the way,’” the Chief of Army Staff said.

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