1,151 special forces comprising of nine officers and 1,142 soldiers have graduated from the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI) Jaji, Kaduna State, to combat insurgency and banditry.
Naija News understands that the graduation ceremony was presided over by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai on Wednesday in Jaji, Kaduna.
According to Buratai, the need to tackle insurgency and activities of insurgents in the Northeast and Northwest region birthed the training.
He urged the graduating special forces to put what they had learnt into practice, adding that they had a very big task in front of them.
Buratai urged the graduating special forces to put what they had learnt to practice on the battlefields to restore peace in the affected areas.
According to him, the training is not only in physical fitness but also on mental alertness, endurance and intellectual capacity to enable them to overcome physical and mental stress.
“We expect nothing less than the best once you are deployed in operations.
“We still have challenges across the country and we expect you to play a very serious role in stabilising the situation, but I must be quick to say that what we are having is nothing compared to you in terms of training and equipment.
He further noted that a very good well fare package was available for all men of the Nigerian Army, adding that the government is doing whatever it can to improve their welfare both in the field and in the barracks.
“So you have no option than to put in your best, continue to sever your country loyalty and diligence as well as all the commitment it deserves.
“We want you to be the force that would bring these adversaries and criminals across the country on their knees,” he said, adding that their skills would be an edge over the enemies.