New recruits will move to Sambisa Forest after depot training – COAS Buratai says

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

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has told new recruits that they would move to Sambisa Forest at the end of their training.

The recruits are currently undergoing training at the Falgore Forest in Kano State.

The Army Chief spoke during the final screening for 80 regular recruits at Falgore forest camp on Monday.

He noted that the exercise was borne out of the need to recruit the best into the Nigerian Army, adding that lessons drawn from experiences in the field had made it imperative to recruit the best, saying that faulty process could lead to faulty training and subsequently faulty operations.

“As such, you must make up your mind that you are ready to serve your country as a soldier and you should be ready, anywhere you are deployed, after your passing out.

“All of you will go to Sambisa at the end of your depot training.

“If you are not ready to move to Sambisa and other parts of the country, and of course, our border areas to defend our country from any act of aggression, then you have not started.

“It is not yet late, if you have any doubt if you are not ready for discipline and loyalty at any point, then you can stand up and go.

“There is no room for laziness and indiscipline in the army and no room for malingering,’’ he said.

He said that all screening for recruitment, selection and commissioning would henceforth be conducted in the Falgore forest.

“This is where we will select those that will become cadets and be trained as officers as well because, at the end of all the training, the officers and soldiers will operate together under the same condition.

“As such, all must be subjected to a similar process of recruitment and selection.’’

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