Nigerian Army trains female soldiers to counter Boko Haram attacks

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Over 200 female soldiers are currently being trained in counter-terrorism operations at the Army School of Infantry (NASI) as part of efforts to tackle security challenges in the country.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai, who inspected the training after the graduation ceremony of junior officers course 84 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Kaduna State said, the female soldiers after being trained, will be deployed in the North East and other troubled parts of the country to tackle existing and emerging security challenges.
At the graduation, the army boss challenged 171 graduates to use the skills they have acquired in confronting the menace of Boko Haram and the renewed militancy in the Niger Delta.
He urged the graduates to brace up to the likely challenges and measure up to them with courage, conviction and in the most professional manner.
He added, "You must have noticed that in contemporary times, conflict all over the world are largely intra-state resulting in complete emergencies. In this regard, you are fortunate to benefit from such packages as the estimate progress, the manoeuverist approach to warfare, peace support operations, counter-terrorism and disaster management.
"Most importantly, your course is fortunate to be the first to benefit from the recently reviewed curriculum of the college which introduced modern concepts in counter terrorism and insurgency operation."
He noted that the military's action during the on-going counter insurgency operations is crucial and must be guided by the Armed Forces Act, standing operating procedure or the rules of engagement.
The commandant of the college, Air Vice Marshal Sulieman Dambo said the training was carefully put together for the officers to imbibe the “Cardinal Virtues of a Soldier”.
He said, “The 171 graduating students comprise 90 Nigerian Army, 40 Nigerian Navy and 28 Nigerian Air Force officers. There are also six non-military students from the Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Defence Academy and the Defence Intelligence Agency."
For the past 23 weeks, the officers who were drawn from military, paramilitary organisations and some African countries, were thoroughly subjected to various demanding tasks and exposed to presentations, lectures, discussions, exercises and even tours outside the college.

The objective of the course is to develop their professional knowledge and understanding, preparing them for increasing responsibilities both in staff and command appointments.