The chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, has said insufficient commitment of soldiers is responsible for some attacks on military bases.
Mr. Buratai said this while speaking at the opening of a five-day leadership workshop for mid-level officers and soldiers in Abuja, saying the unwillingness of some soldiers to perform is affecting the success of the counter-insurgency operations.
The chief of army staff said, “It is unfortunate, but the truth is that almost every setback the Nigerian Army has had in our operations in recent times can be traced to insufficient willingness to perform assigned tasks or simply insufficient commitment to a common national and military course by those on the frontlines,” he said.
“Many of those on whom the responsibility for physical actions against the adversary squarely falls are yet to fully take ownership of our common national or service cause. And this is the reason why I have always ensured that the promotion of army personnel is essentially based on professional considerations only.
“But we all know that professional capacity is not a sufficient condition to succeed in a task; willingness to perform the task is equally necessary. We all know that leadership is core to military professionalism; hence all military professional courses include aspects of military leadership skills acquisition.”
He warned officers under that category to leave the army as soon as possible, saying the military can no longer tolerate them.
The Nigerian army has suffered many attacks from the Boko Haram sect, especially in Borno, in recent times.
Only last week, insurgents attacked a military formation in the state, killing at least six soldiers.
Not to mention that some weeks before that attack, Boko Haram fighters killed 25 military personnel in an ambush in Borno.