- The House of Reps has been urged to recruit 100,000 soldiers
- According to the House, this will help the Army in its fight against insurgency
- Also, the House urged the military to recall fit retired officers
Nigeria's military authority has been urged to recruit additional 100,000 soldiers. The call was made by the House of Representatives.
According to the House, this will make up for the shortfall in manpower that has overstretched the military in its fight against insecurity in the country.
The call was part of a recommendation by the House Committee on Army.
Going further, the house urged the Army to recall retired officers and men and keep them on reserve for use when needed, Daily Trust reports.
This however should be based on the condition that they are physically fit and not above 50 years of age, chairman, House Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdaz who presented the report before the House said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lt Gen Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff lamented that the terrorist threat in the country is shifting towards the northcentral zone of the country.
This Day reports that he stated this at the groundbreaking ceremony of the 4 Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army barracks at Doma in Nasarawa state on Monday, June 1.
Legit.ng gathered that Buratai, who spoke through the chief of plan and policy, Lt Gen Lamidi Adeosun, however, said the constantly evolving nature of threats in the country underscores the need for Special Forces troops with requisite skills to operate under all weather, conditions, and terrains to be established if the threats are to be nibbled.
This is why I, among other actions, pushed for the establishment of Special Forces units and formations that are motivated, empowered and resourced to go where others dare not to go and do what others thought was impossible,” he said.
He added that with the Special Forces’ commendable performance in the field, and having set up a training school for the Special Forces, it was only natural for the Nigerian Army to establish a formation headquarters to administer, guide and deploy Special Forces assets wherever the need may arise.
“Although the 4 Special Forces Command was statutorily established on 26 March 2020, the force has been functioning in different Theatres of Command in Nigeria with excellent results. Today, we are marking the beginning of its physical establishment upon this ground,” he said.
Buratai restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army to the peace and security of Nigeria.
Speaking when laying the foundation of the Special Forces Command’s headquarters, Doma, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state appreciated the CAS for his doggedness and resilience in fighting insurgency in the northeast, farmers/herders conflict in the northcentral, kidnapping and banditry in the northwest.
He said: “As part of measures to combat crime and criminality in the state, the Nasarawa State government has signed the kidnapping act prohibition law; community volunteer guard (vigilante); Executive Order for the implementation of the child right law of Nasarawa state and street begging."
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