The historical backdrop of the Nigerian Army is packed with stories that should make each Nigerian pleased. In its 157 years of presence, there has been a consistent change of the Nigerian Army into an expert and impressive power to deal with on the planet.
These are to be sure no mean accomplishment; be that as it may, this isn’t to state the Nigerian Army hasn’t encountered a considerable amount of difficulties, particularly with the arraignment of the Boko Haram war in North-East Nigeria. Lately, a ton has been said about the endeavors of the Nigerian Army in the security engineering in Nigeria. While in certain quarters honors have poured in, there has additionally been an impossible degree of reactions which as I would see it was achieved because of obliviousness on the sacred command of the Nigerian Army.
To state that the Nigerian Army has not been overstretched would be putting it mildly given the way that is aside completing its center order; it has been called to help the common police in inward security tasks. The arrangement of the Army in Internal Security Operations significantly expanded since the arrival to majority rule administration on May 29 1999.
This is for the most part in light of the fact that the Nigeria Police Force that is intrinsically accused of the obligation of handling interior security challenges is compelled because of a few components. In that capacity, these components have frequently made non military personnel specialists to vigorously depend on the skill of the Army and its sisters’ powers, the naval force and aviation based armed forces to oversee inward security challenges. Basically, the ordinary commitment of its faculty have made the association to take on the situation of the primary line of inner security guard which usually is the job of the police.
The Nigerian Army contribution in the inward security activities is inescapable as the requirement for a more elevated level of hostility keeps on uncovering itself. In spite of the fact that, this has been the situation since the time Nigeria was framed and it additionally proceeded all through the provincial time frame, the ongoing event of fear mongering saw in the nation has additionally defended the requirement for the military cooperation in inside security activities.
The year 2020 denoted the 157 years of the presence of the Nigerian Army and as such the drums have turned out in festivity of the Nigerian Army Day with the subject “Nigeria’s Territorial Defense and Sovereignty: Imperatives for Nigerian Army’s Sustained Training and Operations.”
The current year’s festival is one of a kind as in the Nigerian Army of today has seen very significant mechanical developments that have situated it as an expert battling power kindness of the initiative steps of its current Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.
It is to be sure an announcement of the way that the developments in the Nigerian Army started to come to fruition from the year 2015 when the organization of President Muhammadu Buhari went ahead board. This was followed with the arrangements of Service Chiefs, a move that was hailed in numerous quarters as perhaps the best choice by the endless supply of office. This reality was additionally buttressed with the way and way the Service Chiefs hit the ground running, particularly the Chief of Army Staff because of the vital job of the Nigerian Army in the battle against fear mongering in the nation.
It gets the job done to say that the certainty rested in Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has been for sure supported with the degree of mechanical developments in the current day Nigerian Army. This much has been uncovered with the showcase of natively constructed mechanical developments in accordance with the prerequisites of present day fighting.
Innovation changes fighting. Innovation has been the essential wellspring of military advancement from the beginning of time. It drives changes in fighting more than some other factor. It is the conflict of arms or the move of military in the field. It involves what military experts call tasks.
The Nigerian Army, today under Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has seen gigantic rejigging to adjust to the necessities of current fighting. There has been the foundation of new units, for example, the Nigerian Army Aviation Corps and the Nigerian Army Women Corps to supplement the activities of the Nigerian Army. This much was expressed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai during the lady Nigerian Army Women Training Week. He said that “there is no repudiating the way that there are some military activities, for example, mental tasks, in which the female officials and troopers by their sexual orientation exceed expectations over men.”
I concur in entirety with his line of thought in accordance with chronicled proof that proposes incorporating ladies into battle jobs would not affect viability, and maybe even increment it in specific situations. As of late, numerous nations have changed their strategies to permit ladies to serve in battle jobs. In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter opened every single military job to ladies. Around the same time, India permitted ladies to become military pilots. Renowned for being the world’s just nation with a compulsory draft for the two people, Israel introduced its previously blended sexual orientation battle unit, the Caracal Battalion, in 2000. What’s more, I am happy Nigeria isn’t kept separate from this cutting edge thinking.
Under Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Nigerian Army has kept on glancing inwards in the creation of little and light arms and other battle gunneries by the Nigerian Army Vehicle Manufacturing Company built up in 2019. This is on the heels that since the 1960s, there had not been a genuine exertion at creating military gear locally by the Nigerian Army.
This is without a doubt an achievement in the Nigerian Army’s walk towards confidence in the creation and support of Armored Fighting Vehicles and different classes of vehicles as throughout the years the Nigerian Army has depended on the importation of such vehicles subsequently spending generous outside trade which thusly exhausts capital designations.
Another splendid activity is the foundation of the Nigerian Army Resource Center which was built up in 2015 as a help might suspect tank which gives scholarly investigates, advances workshops, courses and offers answers for the Nigerian Army of proffering answers for guard and security issues standing up to the Nigerian Army (NA) specifically and the country when all is said in done.
The rundown is to be sure interminable in the developments that Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has presented in the Nigerian Army. We should concede that multitudes of the world have gone past the customary to the progressed both in activities and strategy details. This is the part of the Nigerian Army today, and we should be for sure thankful to Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai whose foreknowledge has prompted the entirety of the previously mentioned.
Little miracle the war against Boko Haram psychological warfare has been effective paying little mind to what some bogus scaremonger and individuals with ulterior thought processes needs the all inclusive statement of Nigerians to accept. That the Boko Haram agitators have been limited to the edges of the Lake Chad Basin area and not in control of any region in Nigeria is deserving of notice.
We should likewise concede that without a doubt the Nigerian Army of today isn’t what it used to be five years prior. This is to be sure the Nigerian Army we had always wanted. A military that is proactive and alive to its obligations. A military that is agreeable with the guidelines of commitment in fighting as prove in the foundation of the Directorate of Civil-Military Affairs and Human rights work areas at all its arrangements.
In case we overlook that the Nigerian Army under Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai has effectively settled two new divisions as a major aspect of a key intend to enhance the Nigerian Army’s operational abilities even with rising dangers to national security, notwithstanding, it isn’t yet Uhuru as there is a spot for the collaboration of all Nigerians in making the Nigerian Army the Army we had always wanted.
Those that have chosen to be on the opposite side of the fence fanning the coals of war must have a reexamine. Those that are predictable in their hostility of the Chief of Army Staff should likewise have a reconsider and be consistent with themselves and acknowledge Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai for repositioning the Nigerian Army.
Aluor is an open issues investigator and autonomous author situated in Abuja.