Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, has insinuated that some of the defeats suffered by the Nigerian Army in the hands of Boko Haram terrorists was due to a lack of commitment by soldiers.
Buratai, a Lieutenant General, said this at the opening of a five-day leadership workshop for mid-level officers and soldiers in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to the Chief of Army Staff, there have been verified cases of soldiers failing to execute orders assigned to them.
Read Also: Boko Haram Overruns Military Base In Borno
He noted that professionalism was not the only ingredients needed by soldiers to succeed on the battlefield, adding that willingness to perform duties assigned was also important.
Buratai 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 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.”
Buratai warned soldiers unwilling to take orders to leave the army, noting that the military service would not condone indiscipline.
The army chief’s revelation comes just days after a base of the military service was attacked by Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) fighters in Borno State.
The army was said to have suffered at least four Nigerian Army bases between last Wednesday and Tuesday.