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Britain to Help Train 150 Nigerian Military Personel

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigerian Army in conjuction with the British Royal Army, yesterday commenced the training of 150 warrant officers and senior non-commissioned officers.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai said, who spoke at the one week long command and leadership seminar said the training and retraining of its officers can not be over emphasised, with the security situation in the country requiring well trained officers.

According to Nigerian Army Chief, who was represented by the Commander, Infantry Corps, Maj. Gen. Sanusi Muazu, “there cannot be a professionally responsive Nigerian Army without an equally effective Warrant Officers’ and Senior Non-commissioned officers’ cadre.

“As you are aware, the Nigerian Army in pursuant of its constitutional roles has been involved in tackling security challenges such as insurgency, terrorism, militancy, banditry, oil-pipeline vandalism and youth restiveness among others.”

“The most potent security challenges facing Nigeria in the past five years is the Boko Haram terrorist driven insurgency in the North East of the country.

“The Nigerian Army is the lead service in the counter insurgency operations in the North East with a theatre command comprising of 3 Division, 7 Division and a Nigerian Air Force Air Component.

“On my assumption as COAS in July 2015, I looked at the operation in the North East and initiated a new directive to achieve the defeat of the insurgency and restore normalcy to the North East”, Buratai stated.

More so, he added that the Nigerian Army is poised to meet the December deadline, given by the President to end insurgency in the country.

However, the leader of the British Military Advisory Training Team (BMATT), Lt. Col Stewart Howells, who was once a Senior Non-commissioned Officer himself assured the participants of getting the best out of the one week training.

He noted that Nigeria and Britain had for long enjoyed a cordial relationship, hence the need for Britain to send a team of military expertise to assist the Nigerian Army in the fight against Boko Haram