The Nigerian Army has approved the promotion of 5,000 soldiers fighting Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East and others involved in similar operations, as part of steps to boost their morale.
Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, who made the announcement on Monday in Abuja, at the opening of the 2015 Chief of Army Staff Third Quarter conference at Army Headquarters, said that the promotion of the soldiers was one of the many measures introduced by the army to boost troops’ morale and reposition military’s operations. He added 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. He said that troops serving in the North-East and in other operations in the country would regularly receive rewards from the Army High Command for their selfless service to the nation.
Buratai 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 said that the Army, under his watch, had recorded major successes in the fight against insurgency as well as improved on its human rights credentials and the welfare of troops. He said that his vision of entrenching professionalism and bequeathing a combat ready Army to the nation was on course as commanders and troops had been fully briefed to key into the vision.