200 Officer Cadets of the Nigerian Army Direct Short Service Commission 23/2016 at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna have been commissioned after finishing their training.
The officers performed a ‘Passing Out Parade’ (POP) and oath taking ceremony at Jaji, Kaduna on Saturday morning.
The ceremony was presided over by the Reviewing Officer and Special Guest, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, the Minister of Defence.
In his address, the Minister warned against disloyalty, disobedience and insubordination to the constituted authority.
He said that any person caught over disloyalty and similar offenses would be decisively dealt with accordingly.
“I wish to make it clear that the armed forces of Nigeria are also undergoing a period of self appraisal; there is zero tolerance for indiscipline and unprofessional conduct,’’ he said.
Dan-Ali noted that the passing out of another set of officers to the Nigerian Army came at a period the country was consolidating on the gains of counter -insurgency operation.
“The Nigerian Armed Forces, as you are aware, have been involved in an extensive combat against insurgency and terrorist groups.
“It is the responsibility of every one to play in the consolidation of on-going success and post -conflict situation,’’ he said.
The minister appreciated the success of the armed forces in various operations, especially in the north eastern part of the country, where the Boko Haram insurgency had largely been decimated.
He also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his political will and strong support for the war against Boko Haram insurgency.
The cadets comprised of 82 Medical Doctors out of which 8 are Consultants in various fields of Medicine, 26 Lawyers, 21 Public Relations Specialists.
A statement by Brigadier General Sani Usman said, “18 have specialty to Army Aviation and Engineering, 19 Protestant Chaplaincy, 21 Catholic, 23 Islamic Affairs specialists.
“This is unprecedented in the history of the Nigerian Army and a great boast to the strength of the Officer Corps of the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Lt. General TY Buratai as Chief of Army staff” he said.
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