The Army Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, has said that he has observed that recruitment into the Nigerian Army is seen as an opportunity to gain employment.
He stressed that recruiting into the Army was different from other jobs, noting that joining the service presents an opportunity to defend the country’s territorial integrity.
The army chief spoke on Saturday, January 7, 2023, shortly before the start of a 10km endurance run for candidates undergoing an assessment to qualify for admission to 84 regular recruits into the Nigerian Army at the Nigerian Army Nigerian Army Battle Fitness in Falgore Forest, Kano State.
The Army chief also warned that conscription for the service was not everyone’s business, adding that it required many sacrifices.
These were contained in a statement by the service’s spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu.
The statement read: “COAS noted that recruitment into the Nigerian Army should not be perceived as an employment opportunity, as is the case in other conventional endeavors of life.
“Clarifying its position, the COAS noted that unlike other professions, recruitment into the NA is a national call to uphold the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Nigeria and therefore requires citizens who are not only physically and medically fit, but also mentally and emotionally. stable.”
He advised the candidates to take the selection seriously, as only the best would emerge in the final enlistment.
Yahaya also admonished the staff conducting the screening exercise to protect their integrity by avoiding any form of compromise.
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