Nigeria Military Authorities say 70 war commanders will soon join the battle against the Boko haram sect as they have successfully been trained by the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, in Kaduna.
The commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal John Chris Ifemeje who disclosed this, further explained that every military man must be prepared to lay down his life in defence of its country.
AVM Ifemeje, who was represented by his deputy, Rear Admiral Sylvanus Agada Abbah, at the final bush exercise of the 70 junior war commanders.
The exercise, code named ‘Ubiak Isin’, meaning waist pain in Efik language, is the routine final exercise for officers of the Nigerian Army undergoing Junior Course in AFCSC.
According to the commandant, the exercise is a practical application of what the student officers had learnt in the classroom, which he said centre around commanding wars.
“The essence of the exercise is to prepare the student officers on how to plan and advance troops at the battlegrounds to attack the enemies.
“The exercise is a routine final bush exercise for land warfare students of junior course, but as a result of the contemporary security challenges facing the country, counter-insurgency training has been added to the exercise.
“The exercise is so significant because no matter the level of air bombardment and attack on enemies from the air, we need professional soldiers to man the war on the ground.” AVM Ifemeje explained.
It was gathered that many of the officers, upon completion of the training, would be drafted into the ongoing ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya’ in the North-East to help in the fight against insurgency.