The military high command has approved the promotion of 5,000 soldiers confronting Boko Haram fighters in the North-East and others involved in similar operations, as part of steps to boost their morale.
Making this known in Abuja at the opening of the 2015 Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Third Quarter Conference, held at the Army Headquarters Conference Hall, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai argued that the promotion of the soldiers was one of the many measures introduced by the Army under his command to boost troops’ morale and reposition its operations.
The army chief maintained that it was also in line with the vision of the Army command to reward gallant troops in any way deemed fit to boost their combat readiness and willingness to serve their fatherland.
Buratai maintained that troops serving in the North-East and in other operations in the country would regularly receive rewards from the Army’s high command for their selfless service to the nation.
He said, “Since we came on board, we have introduced several measures aimed at encouraging our troops to give their best in the service of their nation.
“The approval of the accelerated promotion of 5,000 soldiers was to redeem the promise made by my predecessor to the troops fighting insurgents in the North-East.
“It is my belief that this promotion, coupled with other incentives, will encourage our troops to fight for our country.”
Buratai warned commanders and senior officers to guard against acts that could undermine efforts of the present administration to rebuild the image of the Army.
He added, “You will all agree with me that the renewed breath of change flows directly from the President in his directive to our operations and other directive on his vision for the Army.
“I therefore demand that you all react with corresponding appropriateness with regard to the directive because majority of our requirements within the limited period has been provided for.”