Unwillingness of soldiers to perform, responsible for rising attacks – Buratai

By Shola Abayomi.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has decried the lack of commitment displayed by some soldiers in the military, adding that their unwillingness to perform has affected the war against insurgency in the country.

The Chief of Army Staff disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday, at the opening of a five-day leadership workshop for mid-level officers and soldiers, noting that there were proven cases of soldiers unwilling to carry out assignments given to them.

“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 at the frontlines.

“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.”

“Hence the theme of the workshop has been aptly chosen as ‘Lead, follow or get out of the way,’” he said.

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