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Insecurity: Army Commanders converge in Abuja, COAS says “I will not again take or accept excuses” for failure

– Says “Gentlemen, failure is failure irrespective of the circumstances!!”

Nigerian Army Commanders and Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) on Monday converged in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, with Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, saying he “won’t accept excuses again” for any failure especially in the war against Boko Haram/Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists and bandits in Northern Nigeria.

Urging them to ensure the tempo of all their operations across the country is sustained and maintained, General Yahaya said that the Army under him remains determined to restore peace to the nation.

Stating that the Commanders and PSOs were central to ensuring successes in operations, the Army Chief maintained that they must devise initiatives that would enable the Army to curtail insecurity at their commands.

Saying that he would no longer accept excuses, General Yahaya spoke at the Chief of Army Staff Combined Second and Third Quarter Conference 2021 aimed at ‘brainstorming and reviewing’ the activities of the Army within the two quarters.

According to Yahaya, “as officers and commanders under whose charge are placed men, materiel, and other resources, you are the key drivers of these pillars. You must therefore note that even if we have all we require, we might not achieve much without you providing effective leadership.

“I therefore charge you all to immediately key in to my vision so that together, we can take the Nigerian Army to greater heights. Commanders must seize initiative and commanders must take initiative, they must take decisive actions to defeat the threats in their respective Area of responsibilities.

“I will not again take or accept excuses. Gentlemen, failure is failure irrespective of the circumstances!!” “The Nigerian Army under my watch remain resolute and continue to chart progressive paths towards tackling the security challenges confronting the Country.

“Hence, I have directed that serious attention be given to sustaining and improving the tempo in all ongoing Nigerian Army operations across the Country.

“I will continue to demand that you redouble your efforts so that we can decisively deal with our adversaries or any group or person that threaten the peace and stability of our great nation.”

On the lingering insecurity in North West and North Central regions of Nigeria, the Army Chief said: “I have also directed for the conduct of special operations especially in the North Central and Northwest Regions to address the deteriorating security infractions in the Regions.

“Commanders must therefore glean from my Command Philosophy to ensure that operational and administrative proficiencies of Nigerian Army units and formations are sustained and improved upon.”

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