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Nigeria: Army to focus on Capacity Building – Ihejirika

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, affirms that  he will focus on training and re-training of officers and men of the Nigerian Army to face contemporary challenges.

Ihejirika unfolded the focus of his administration in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Monday.

He said contemporary challenges had manifested themselves in the form of armed banditry, kidnapping, increased violence, civil commotion and ethno-religious crises.

“It is an admission that our current training, operation and administration have a lot of rooms for improvement.

“Our traditional role we know is to be able to defend the Nigerian territory from external aggressors and that is why we are taking these steps,” Ihejirika said.

He, however, said that we should also note that the constitutional provisions of our roles included “aid to civil authority”, mainly in area of maintenance of law and order.

“I want a situation whereby the army will be seen as one body.

“So, that is why I have charged all my generals to ensure that their personal staff are not people from their particular tribe or religious background,” he observed.