The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.- Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja charged the Army to remain disciplined and loyal to the government and the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He stated this while on a tour of Sector 2 North East Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) Damaturu on Saturday.
“The Army is a discipline organisation and our loyalty is to the government and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” he said .
“We do not expect you to deviate from that. If you have a challenge or problem there are appropriate channels to express your grievances.
“But we will not tolerate you going out of those established channels,” he said.
The COAS said he had taken note of all the challenges outlined by the sector commanders, the Commander of the Nigeria Army Special Forces and would look into them.
“So be rest assured that the Nigeria Army is undergoing series of transformation”
“Upon my assumption I crafted my command phylosophy to transform Nigeria Army into well trained, well equipped and highly motivated.
“In order to accomplish our constitutional responsibilities within a joint environment.
“I am conscious that you, the troops are the critical elements to discharging our responsibilities.
“So you must get the very best in order to perform optimally.
“We are going to look not only the challenge that confronted you in the theatre, but all the challenges that your families at home are confronted with.
“Electricity, water supply, dilapidated barracks accommodation and also the challenges that confronted the families of our departed colleagues,” he added.
Lagbaja however said the Army expects all officers and men to reciprocate the gesture.
“ while we do this, we equally demand that you reciprocate the gesture of the government and the Army high command.
“We demand of you to continue to remain disciplined, focused on our mission.
“Do not get carried away by what you read in social media, discussions in bear parlours and drinking joints,” he warned.
He commented Yobe Government for its unrelenting support to the troops in the state.
In his remarks, Gov Mai Mala Buni appreciated the army for restoring and maintaining peace in the state.
Buni, represented by his Deputy Alhaji Idi Gubana assured the state government’s commitment and support to all the security agencies in the state.