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Nigeria Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai on Wednesday demanded absolute loyalty of officers and men of the Nigerian Army to the president and the constitution, saying such a requirement is non-negotiable for military professionalism.
Buratai charged personnel to remain apolitical and uphold the tenets of the military profession.
He gave the charge in Abuja while declaring open the fifth edition of a three-day procurement seminar for commandants, bursars and administrative officers of command security schools with the theme ‘Enhancing the Capacity of Personnel for Efficient Procurement and Financial Management in Command Secondary Schools’.
Buratai said officers must remain apolitical, take right actions and show commitment to work in order to ensure quality service delivery in the execution of their duties.
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“We need to remain absolutely loyal to Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This is a non-negotiable part of our profession.
“Commanders at all levels must continue to provide requisite leadership and ensure that their personnel are continually reminded of the need to be apolitical and continue to uphold the tenets of military professionalism, ” he said.
On education, Buratai said the Nigerian Army had established 22 command secondary schools nationwide in the last four years to foster the educational needs of its personnel and the entire nation.
According to him, the importance of education and a conducive learning environment in Nigerian Army schools cannot be over-emphasised, hence the need for the administrators to be prudent with available resources in order to achieve the desired results.
“This seminar could not have come at a better time than now when there are renewed efforts to improve the state of infrastructure and internal financial accounting procedures in our command secondary schools across the country.
“The theme has been carefully chosen to reinforce and demonstrate my total commitment to training and manpower development as a sure means of increasing proficiency and productivity in the system,” he said.
The COAS added that the forum also provided an opportunity to the Nigerian Army to appraise its performances in the various military schools with a view to reinvigorating its effectiveness and enhance efficiency.