Recruitment into Nigerian Army a call to selfless service – Gen Yahaya

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By Victor Akaa, Abuja.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS),Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has called on Nigerians to disabuse their perception that recruitment into the Nigerian Army (NA) is an employment opportunity but a call to service.

General Yahaya made the observation Saturday, shortly before flagging off a10Km endurance run for candidates undergoing screening to qualify for the 84 Regular Recruits Intake into the Nigerian Army (NA) at the Nigerian Army Battle Fitness Centre (NABFC) in Falgore forest, Kano state.

The Director Army Public Relations Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed this in a statement during the weekend, quoted the COAS as saying recruitment into the NA should not be perceived as employment opportunity, as is the case in other conventional endeavours of life.

The COAS stressed that unlike other conventional professions, recruitment into the NA is strictly a national call to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria hence sound health, selflessness and able-bodied citizens with higher mental ability and emotionally stable are preconditions to choose.

“Unlike other professions, recruitment into the NA is a national call to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria and therefore requires citizens who are not only physically and medically fit, but also mentally and emotionally stable. It is not a job opportunity, but a call to national service, as it requires selflessness and if need be, the supreme sacrifice, stressing, it is not an all comers’ affair.” he stated.

General Yahaya advised the candidates to take the screening seriously, as only the best will emerge in the final enlistment. Gen Yahaya also admonished personnel conducting the screening exercise to protect their integrity by avoiding any form of compromise.

Speaking during a brief on the ongoing Screening Exercise to the COAS, the Chief of Administration (Army), Maj Gen Wilson Ali, stated that the progressive provision of infrastructure, such as electricity, portable water, upgrade of medical centre, dormitories and lavatories in the centre, enabled a conducive environment to effectively conduct the exercise. He assured the COAS of a hitch free screening exercise.

The COAS later embarked on a tour of the facility and paid a visit to candidates who were receiving attention at the medical centre.
The COAS was accompanied during the tour by Principal Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters, GOC 1 Division, Commandant Depot NA and Commander 3 Brigade.

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