A salute to the Nigerian Army

Date: 2012-03-27

A FLASH-BACK to the prosecution of the Nigerian Civil war (1967-1970) depicts the Nigerian Army as a versatile force because most of those who prosecuted the warfare were small boys given only six weeks weapon's training before proceeding to the battle field.

As a 22 years old young infantryman, I witnessed the only mutiny by infantrymen at 16 Brigade (Jet fighters) of the 3 Marine Commando of the Nigerian Army against one Lt-Col. Sule Apollo who was seen as high-handed by the other ranks.

The Nigerian Army has produced great soldiers such as the 'Black Scorpion' Brigadier Benjamin Adekunle, (rtd), the erstwhile G.O.C of 3 Marine Commando, Lt. Gen Alani Akinrinade (rtd), Maj. Gen. Mohammed Shuwa (rtd), the late Col. Ayo Ariyo, the late Major Isaac Adaka Boro, Maj-Gen. Alwali Jauji Kazir (rtd) who was bold enough to tell the late maximum ruler, the late Gen. Sani Abacha to call it quits after spending well over the required 35 years in service and the current Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika who asked the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to shun dialogue with the most dreaded ' Boko Haram' sect as his army can forestall its insurrection. Our revered arm of the Nigerian Armed forces has produced many more great soldiers.

It is rather unfortunate that the police force has been seen toying with Boko Haram suspects and allowing them to escape. The United States of America is seen as world police because of her expenses on information. The Nigerian government should fund the armed forces which has show seriousness in combating terrorism in the country.

This is why it must be drafted to man the nation's porous borders. The service chiefs should be commended. The executive should place round pegs in round holes, our virile armed forces should be utilized.

In the Police, corruption is rife because men and officers are made to pay for their uniform, belt, boots, etc. The government must make it a point of duty to provide kits for the police.

The police must be educated and be taught how to handle its informants who are reluctant to divulge vital information for fears of being fingered by criminals. I pray the new Acting Inspector General will work hand-in-hand with the Police Service Commission to achieve this.

Above all, encouragement, absolute encouragement must be accorded the military and the paramilitary to move the nation forward.

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