Guards Brigade, Nigerian Army on Friday July 30, 2021 held its annual Inter-Unit Obstacle Crossing Competition in line with its 2021 training cycle with 176 Guards Battalion emerging winners.
The event which took place at the 7 Guards Battalion Obstacle Course, Lungi Barracks, Maitama, was a spectacle to behold as all the participating units displayed ruggedness, determination and galantry to win.
Speaking at the event, Commander Guards Brigade, Brigadier General Muhammed Takuti Usman tasked the participants to remain disciplined, vigilant and diligent in the discharge of their responsibilities in line with the Brigade motto “vigilance and sacrifice” even as he commended the troops for their commitment, dedication and zeal.
Furthermore, he urged them to sustain the aggressiveness and resilience exhibited throughout the competition, in their day-to-day activities at their respective units.
In his remarks, the Guest of Honour for the occasion, Chief of Training (Army), Major General AB Ibrahim, who was represented by the Acting Deputy Chief of Training, Training Linkages and Integration, Army Headquarters, Brigadier General OT Olatoye, commended all the participants and urged them to maintain the high standards of discipline, team-work and determination exhibited during the competition.
At the end of the exercise, 176 Guards Battalion emerged winners, followed by 177 Guards Battalion in second place, 7 Guards Battalion in third place, 102 Guards Battalion in 4th place, and the Guards Brigade Garrison in 5th place.
The annual obstacle crossing-competition is an important aspect of military training aimed at evaluating troops’ confidence as well as promoting team-spirit and cooperation amongst them.
This year’s competition is also aimed at enhancing troops’ physical fitness and combat survival, in line with the vision of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, which is, “to have a professional Nigerian Army Ready to Accomplish Assigned Missions within a Joint Environment in Defence of Nigeria”.
Representatives of sister security agencies present at the event included Mr Musa Abdullahi of the DSS, Mr Peter Maigari of NSCDC, and Assistant Comptroller FCT Command, Sani Zakari of Nigerian Customs Service