The Army Headquarters says it has embarked on mass recruitment of personnel into its Special Forces Concept Training nationwide.
Brig.,-Gen Emmanuel Akpan, Director, Directorate of Army Recruitment, Resettlement and Reserve, made this known on Friday.
He said the exercise is in line with global best practices, aimed at reinvigorating the force.
He spoke in Ado Ekiti at an advocacy visit to governor Kayode Fayemi.
Akpan said the sensitisation and enlightenment tour will take him to all the 36 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
He said the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, has directed that the Special Forces concept be integrated in all Nigerian Army training institutions.
The exercise, he added, has already commenced and will end on April 29, 2020.
He said the nationwide tour has become imperative to enable states fill their quotas
“This new approach to training implies that all new recruits must undergo Special Forces training.
“The current approach, apart from ensuring that all Nigerian Army personnel can adopt and function seamlessly in any operating environment, is also expected to imbue in personnel special skills that enable them win battles,” he said.
The army chief later met with a group of youths at the Government House, where he educated them on the pride in serving their country.
He urged them to get the information across to their mates and colleagues by enlisting in the army, saying a fulfilling career awaits them.
Akpan assured them that it is an opportunity that requires no god-father’s help to be recruited.
“I can assure you that contrary to insinuation and rumours, you do not need a godfather to join the Nigerian Army
“It is your army, it is our army, every able bodied Nigerian without criminal record is free to join so that they can serve without having to know anybody as a precondition.
“Whoever is taken must have been taken on the basis of fulfilling all normal requirements,” he added.