The Annual Chief of Army Staff Conference, the first to be held by the incumbent COAS, Lt. Gen Faruk Yahaya will begin on Monday 6th December 2021 with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Special Guest of Honour, expected to declare the conference open at the Command Officers Mess, Asokoro
Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu who made this known at a media briefing on Friday, noted that the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Magashi (Rtd) will also be in attendance.
He said, “On Tue 7 December 2021, the Director General Department of State Services, Mr. Yusuf Magaji Bichi will be delivering a lecture titled, Current and Future Security Perception in Nigeria. The conference will dovetail into Dinner Night on Wednesday 8 December by 7pm in honour of retiring senior NA officers.
“Furthermore, on Thu 9 December 2021, the Chief of Training (Army), Maj Gen AB Ibrahim will be delivering a lecture titled, Effectiveness of Realistic and Practical Training: An Appraisal of Exercise Restore Hope.
“Similarly, on Fri 10 Dec 21, the Chief of Transformation and Innovation (Army), Maj Gen Charles Ofoche will make a presentation on Strategies for Implementation of Lessons Learned. “Other highlights of the conference are briefs by Field Commanders of Nigerian Army Operations, both in Nigeria and outside the shores of the country, on their operational activities, successes and future projections. These would be spread throughout the days of the Conference beginning from Day one.
Speaking further, Nwachukwu said, “The COAS Annual Conference is a forum for appraising Nigerian Army’s performance within a period of one year” adding, “This year’s conference will afford the COAS and participants an opportunity to evaluate training, operational activities as well as logistics and administrative matters for the year 2021. It is also aimed at making projections for subsequent years, with a view to reposition the NA for optimal performance in the discharge of its constitutional roles.
“The NA being a symbol of national unity and pride of the nation has come a long way in carrying out its constitutional roles and fulfilling its core mandate to the citizenry. Hence, the NA would use the conference to reflect on its performances in the year under review towards more effective operational and administrative performance in the coming year.
Highlighting some of the achievements of the NA under the leadership of Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya since his appointment as the 22nd Chief of Army Staff on 27th May 2021, Nwachukwu said, “On assumption of command on the 28 May 2021, while delivering his maiden address to Principal Staff Officers and Field Commanders at the Army Headquarters, the COAS clearly encapsulated his command philosophy, which is anchored on four cardinal pillars of command namely Professionalism, Readiness, Administration and Cooperation.
“These, he said would be geared towards defeating all security challenges in collaboration with other security agencies.
“The COAS immediately swung into action with his maiden operational visit to Headquarters Operation Hadin Kai where he charged troops to sustain the onslaught against Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists. This motivation upscaled the operational disposition of troops in battle with tremendous exploits that resulted in the neutralization of high profile terrorist commanders and their foot soldiers.
“Additionally, the kinetic and non kinetic activities in the theatre have led to mass surrender of fighters and recovery of combat equipment, which has substantially degraded the terrorists fighting capability. This spelt doom for the terrorists who lost some of their notable commanders, such as Abubakar Shekau and Musab Al- Banarwi, among other operational commanders.
“Although, we have witnessed the surrender of quite a number of BH & ISWAP terrorists in the past, the current surrendering posture in droves signposts the leadership direction the Chief of Army Staff has provided to the Nigerian Army with the cooperation of other Services.
“This operational feat clearly attests to the pragmatic leadership of the Chief of Army Staff, who has at various times traversed the theatre landscape shoring up troops fighting will and motivation to subdue the adversary. This was further supported with robust welfare packages provided for troops in the theatre. This ingeniously charged the troops to take the war to the enclaves and fortresses of the criminal elements.
“Interestingly, this has led to increasing public confidence on the counter insurgency operations, culminating in the mass return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their ancestral homes and has significantly restored socio economic activities, particularly farming and commerce, which hitherto were the mainstay of the economy of the NE region.
On Exercises Still Waters, Golden Dawn and Enduring Peace launched by the COAS on 4th October 2021, he said, “These Exercises which are traditionally scheduled to hold in the last quarter of the year are aimed at checkmating all forms of crimes as the Yuletide approaches. It is worthy of note that all the Exercises have recorded huge results as highlighted in our last press conference with you.
“Troops of Exercise Golden Dawn in collaboration with other security agencies effectively provided security for the successful conduct of the recent Anambra Governorship election despite the threats from IPOB, ESN and other armed militias in the state to scuttle the election.
“Furthermore, the COAS has approved funds for the commencement of phases 1, 2 and 3 of Nigerian Army School of Public Relations and Information permanent site, aside the renovation of the temporary site to a standard befitting a military institution.
“Last but not the least, General Yahaya is steadily rejuvenating core traditions and customs of the NA through his presentation of brand new Hilux vehicles to empower Regimental Sergeant Majors (RSM) in all NA Divisions.”