The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, on Monday, stressed the need for “regular training and retooling” by the Nigerian Army in view of the rising security challenges across the country.
According to a statement by the Deputy Director, Information, Office of the Special Adviser to the President, Mr. Attah Esa, the presidential spokesman spoke at the Guards Brigade’s First Quarter Inter-Unit Short Talk Competition in Abuja.
“I am delighted that the Guards Brigade in particular and the Nigerian Army in general are making efforts to train soldiers,” he said, urging the Army to remain resolute and sustain the tempo of equipping its soldiers.
Adesina also extolled the gallantry of the Nigerian Army in restoring order to the North-East region of the country, through the clearing of the remnants of Boko Haram insurgents.
He said the Nigerian Army deserved commendation for its efforts in curtailing the activities of insurgents and fighting other criminal elements in various parts of the country.
The presidential spokesman was the special guest of honour at the event designed by the Guards Brigade to enhance the ability of its men and officers to communicate effectively with the public, especially on their operations.
He said, “I must, at this point, commend the effort of the Nigerian Army in clearing the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists from North-East of our dear country and other ongoing operations against criminal elements across the country.
“We must continue to reflect and remember the great sacrifices our gallant men and women in the Nigerian Army are making to keep our fatherland safe and habitable. Well done and keep it up.”
On improving communication skills for soldiers, the President’s spokesman said acquiring appropriate skills in public speaking will greatly enhance the army’s internal and external relations.
In his remark, the Commander of the Guards Brigade, Brig.-Gen. Musa Yusuf, said the competition was put together to enhance the personal confidence of soldiers in public speaking.
He said the event also sought to highlight the roles and responsibilities of the army to the public.