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Nigerian Army Re-trains Top Officers On Weapons Handling

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The Nigerian Army has commenced a special training for some of its top personnel targeted at enhancing their combat readiness and physical fitness.

Naija News understands the training is for officers within the ranks of second lieutenant and major.

The four-day training tagged ‘2021 Combat Proficiency Competition’ for personnel within the 81 Division area of responsibility is hosted by the 9 Brigade, Ikeja.

Declaring the event open at the Nigerian Army firing range in Owode, Ogun State, the General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Maj. Gen. Lawrence Fejokwu, represented by the Commander, 81 Division Ordinance Services, Brig. Gen. Uwakwe Aja noted that the training is in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff in tackling insecurity in Nigeria.

He urged the officers not to take the training lightly but to use the opportunity to further sharpen their skills.

He said: “The essence of this exercise is not far-fetched. It is just training. In the Nigerian Army, we train and retrain, to enable us to perform creditably well whenever we go out there.

“By this combat proficiency competition, every participating officer will be acquainted with his routine work without fear or favour. For instance, the Striping/Assembling/Firing section will enable personnel to aim accurately, at targets.

“Your coming here is not only to compete but to have it in mind that whenever you are called upon, you will have to perform effectively and efficiently well. You know the situation we are facing in this country, when you are called upon, you must go all out, get our victory and return.”

Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said only unity and tolerance would promote Nigeria to economic success and greatness.

He also assured that the Federal Government would intensify efforts to build the country on the basis of unity and tolerance.

Osinbajo, who received a delegation from Arewa Concerned People for National Unity and Religious Tolerance in Abuja, said there is no great nation anywhere that has not had the sort of challenges facing Nigeria.

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