Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, the Nigerian Army’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), has reassured the nation’s citizens that the army will uphold its constitutional duty to reduce threats to national security.

At the exercise’s firepower display phase on Friday in Kontagora, Niger State, Yahaya offered the assurance to the troops present.

This information was released in a statement on Friday in Abuja by Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, director of Army Public Relations.

The COAS stated that the army would uphold its duty to protect the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as to help civil authorities.

The Nigerian Army Training Schools’ final combined training exercise brought together all combat and combat support arms, he claimed, making it the first of its type.

Yahaya emphasized the importance of training as one of the cornerstones of his command philosophy, with professionalism being one of them.

He asserts that training is the only way for troops to internalize, practice, and perfect the application of skills and competences, along with the necessary tools, communication, and other enablers for the successful conduct of operations and fulfillment of the Nigerian army’s constitutional mandate.

The combined exercise, according to the army chief, would provide efficient and result-oriented training that would include multimodal training activities targeted at addressing both current security concerns and potential future threats.

In order to combat threats to national security, he advised the troops to apply what they had learned from the exercise in their different formations and units.

Maj.-Gen. Stevenson Olabanji, the commander of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), also gave a speech in which he stated that the command would keep up training initiatives aimed at assisting the army in order to realize its goal of a professional and adaptable army.