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Boko Haram: We must kick out soldiers with low morale, saboteurs—Buratai insists

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•Says they are ‘bad eggs’


Senator Iroegbu 


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has brushed aside criticisms trailing his earlier comments by insisting that soldiers lacking ‘fighting spirit’ and sabotaging the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East must be flushed out.


Buratai in a statement on Sunday by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, made the latest remarks at the closing of Army Headquarters Transformational leadership workshop in Abuja on June 21, 2019.


In a statement entitled, ‘We must be proud of our nation’, the COAS was said to had implored officers and men of the Army not to be weak but to feel proud of their patriotic roles in their struggles to protect the nation’s sovereignty and integrity.


He described such soldiers as “bad eggs”, who must be “kicked out”, adding that transformational leadership of which he is an advocate would not wait for them to get out of the way before they are kicked out.

The Army Chief’s latest directive is in line with his earlier remarks where he blamed the recent setbacks against Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) to the “insufficient commitment to a common national and military cause by those at the frontlines”.

But the remarks  at  opening of the conference in Abuja had sparked criticisms as well as divided opinions as some viewed the comment as not only damaging to the troop’s morale and overall war against terror but casts him as shifting responsibility; but has at same time been commended by some for  “courage” in admitting that something was wrong.

He said:  “The NA is already working to evolve and institutionalise formal mentoring frameworks to compliment the informal system.

“It is with a great sense of accomplishment that I address this distinguished audience to mark the successful conclusion of the maiden Army Headquarters Transformational Leadership Workshop 2019.”


“In my opening remarks, I observed how the attitude of quite a few bad eggs among us, whose commitment to our national/military cause has waned and led to setbacks in our operations. I am glad that this workshop has clearly shown to everyone that we have great reasons to be proud of our nation.


“The long standing culture of service, sacrifice and honour in the NA has been reaffirmed in the various life lessons and examples of our colleagues – serving, retired or late – whose stories were highlighted during the workshop.”

“This culture should reinvigorate and motivate you as transformational leaders for selfless service to the nation.”

“Let me now reiterate that in line with the theme of the Workshop, the NA will do all that is necessary to fish out any bad eggs whose willingness to lead or follow as required has waned. Transformational leaders should not wait for them to get out of the way, you must kick them out of your way.”

Read the statement:
“WE MUST BE PROUD OF OUR NATION” CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF LIEUTENANT GENERAL TUKUR YUSUFU BURATAI IMPLORES OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY


The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has implored officers and men of the NA to feel proud of their noble/patriotic roles in their struggles to protecting the nation’s sovereignty and integrity.


He gave the charge while speaking at the closing ceremony of the Army Headquarters Transformational Leadership Workshop 2019 on 21 June 2019.


According to the COAS, – “the NA is already working to evolve and institutionalize formal mentoring frameworks to compliment the informal system”. 


Read Full Remarks of the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai Below:
1. It is with a great sense of accomplishment that I address this distinguished audience to mark the successful conclusion of the maiden Army Headquarters Transformational Leadership Workshop 2019. In my opening remarks, I observed how the attitude of quite a few bad eggs among us, whose commitment to our national/military cause has waned and led to setbacks in our operations. I am glad that this workshop has clearly shown to everyone that we have great reasons to be proud of our nation. 


The long standing culture of service, sacrifice and honour in the NA has been reaffirmed in the various life lessons and examples of our colleagues – serving, retired or late – whose stories were highlighted during the workshop. This culture should reinvigorate and motivate you as transformational leaders for selfless service to the nation. 


2. The NA is already working to evolve and institutionalize formal mentoring frameworks to compliment the informal system that we currently practice. I have ensured that we take advantage of technology as force multiplier in our operations. Yet I am glad that your discussions on emerging technologies and innovations made it clear that our human capacity and willingness to work is vital for success. 

Lastly, the presentation on insights into the NA Strategic Plan 2019 – 2029 has given us hope that surely tomorrow will be better for the NA.


3. I am particularly pleased by the high level of intellectual discourse as well as the rich and vast experiences shared by our brilliant resource persons and participants at the Workshop. I am equally pleased to note the enthusiasm demonstrated by all participants, resource persons, and the special guests in this workshop.

Let me now reiterate that in line with the theme of the Workshop, the NA will do all that is necessary to fish out any bad eggs whose willingness to lead or follow as required has waned. Transformational leaders should not wait for them to get out of the way, you must kick them out of your way. 


4.  I wish to express our profound gratitude to the resource persons, participants and all our invited guests for their invaluable contributions and their belief in the Nigerian Army.

Our profound gratitude goes to Mr President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for his guidance and direction. I also want to appreciate the support of the Ministry of Defence, the Chief of Defence Staff towards the success of this workshop.

Finally, I wish to congratulate the organizers of this event for a successful outing, and I charge everyone of you again to lead, follow or be kicked out.

Thank you and God bless.


SAGIR MUSA

Colonel

Acting Director Army Public Relations23 June 2019


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