Nigerian Army said 75 Commanding Officers of the Nigerian Army will hold a
five-day meeting in Kaduna to strategise on more efficient and functional
ways of handling personnel and resources in peace time and war.
The meeting is coming on the heels of a recent alarm raised by the Speaker
of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over the deployment of
soldiers to the 36 states of Nigeria.
Former leaders, Yakubu Gowon and Olusegun Obasanjo. Last week, cautioned
against military intervention in politics noting that enough blood had
been shed in the process.
“Nigeria has had enough bloodshed and enough sacrifices by those victims
of the coups and violence. Nigeria deserves peace, unity and progress,”
Obasanjo said in Abuja.
“I hope we have seen the last of any military involvement in governance
today,” Gowon said, noting that military’s incursion into politics
“poisoned the lifeblood of the army and left a dysfunctional system that
has left the country, military and the people all the poorer”.
“For some of us, the greatest tragedy… was not only that it took the lives
of many innocent Nigerians but that of the Nigerian Army and violated its
political innocence,” Gowon said.
A statement issued on Saturday by Col. Kingsley Umoh, spokesman of 1
Division, Nigeria Army, Kaduna, said the Chief of Army Staff and Principal
Staff Officers from the Army Headquarters would attend the event.
He said that the Commanding Officers Workshop was the second to be held
after the maiden edition which took place in Maiduguri from March 13-17,
“Over 75 Commanding Officers drawn from formations and units of the NA are
expected at the workshop,’’ he said in the statement made available to the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Umoh explained that the workshop was aimed at improving knowledge and
capacity of the commanding officers in effective administration of
resources at all times..
He added that the participants would share experiences and ideas with
their peers and superiors that would guide them in the effective discharge
of their responsibilities.
NAN reports that the workshop would run from July 10-14. (NAN)