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The only thing better than democracy for Nigeria in this modern era is more democracy

By Valentine Amanze

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Nigerian Army (NA), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja, has declared commitment to civilian rule, insisting, “The only thing better than democracy for Nigeria in this modern era is more democracy.”

 The Army Chief made the declaration at the weekend, while addressing Officer Cadets at the Passing Out Parade and Commissioning  cum Oath Taking Ceremony for Executive Commission Course 1/2023, held at the Major  Bulama Biu Parade Ground, Military Cantonment, Jaji, Kaduna.

Lagbaja also reminded all officers and men of the Nigerian Army that subordination of the military to constituted authority remained the most fashionable means of promoting military professionalism.

He said that the desire of every Nigerian was a flourishing, uninterrupted constitutional democratic governance, that promotes national values and the interest of every well-meaning Nigerian, irrespective of ethnic or religious affiliation.

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 “I therefore charge all Nigerian Army personnel to be proud champions of our flourishing democracy and remain apolitical in discharging their constitutional duties”, he added.

He reaffirmed that the NA remained committed to ensuring the security of lives and property across the country, stressing that the Army was working to protect the territorial integrity of the nation and support relevant security agencies in ensuring the security of lives and property within the country.

The COAS, afterwards,  conferred Presidential Commission on the Passing out Cadets, to the rank of Lieutenant, after which the Oath of Allegiance was administered to them at the Lieutenant General Ihejirika Auditorium.

The 239 Passing out Cadets comprising 12 female and 228 male Cadets were already in service as soldiers and were drawn from various Corps of the NA, before they were selected for  Executive Commissioning, after three months of intensive military training, spanning1 May to 5 August 2023.

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