The Nigerian Army yesterday warned that those who were not ready to sacrifice for their fatherland, by joining the forces in the North East to fight the Boko Haram insurgents, should not bother to apply in its ongoing recruitment exercise.
Director of Army Public Relations, DAPR, Brigadier General Olajide Laleye, while briefing journalists in Abuja, stated that the exercise was solely to increase the manpower of the Army to join the ongoing campaign against the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states where the battle was fierce.
“Those recruited will be trained after which they will form part of the forces to undertake campaign in the North East. Therefore, only those prepared to fight for their fatherland should volunteer,” the Army spokesman warned.
He said the exercise was part of the annual manpower requirement of the Nigerian Army to recruit qualified able bodied Nigerians into the force.
Laleye, who disclosed that the recruitment exercise had since commenced with online registration of all interested persons, said it would be followed by pre-screening examination at designated centres all over the country.
At the same time, he said the Nigerian Army would also commission duly qualified persons as officers through the Direct Short Service Commission, DSSC, and Short Service Commission, SSC.
Meanwhile, Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku yesterday took a swipe at northern governors, saying that they are not doing enough to contain the violent activities of Boko Haram sect in their states.
According to him, in the fight against terror, every state in the north must go back to the basis by reorganising their people to be vigilant.
While briefing journalists on the outcome of the Federal Executive Council’s meeting, FEC, the minister said the council condemned the bomb blasts in Borno, Kano and Plateau states and commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the separate incidents.
While calling on the northern governors to wake up to their responsibilities, Maku said in order to defeat terror, every community in the north must be security concious.