The Nigerian Army (NA) has responded to recent allegations of inadequate troop feeding at the frontline in the North East Theater of operations. These claims have sparked concern among the public and within the military itself.
It is important to emphasize that the welfare of troops is a top priority for the current leadership of the NA. This commitment is in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja’s Command Philosophy, which places significant importance on providing “Sound Administration” to ensure a highly motivated force. In light of these allegations, the COAS has ordered an immediate investigation to ascertain the facts and circumstances surrounding the claims.
The NA wishes to reassure the public and all its personnel that a thorough and unbiased investigation will be conducted to determine the veracity of these allegations. The welfare of troops, including their nutrition, has always been a priority, especially for those serving on the frontline. Strict quality control measures are in place to ensure that troops receive adequate and balanced meals.
While the NA acknowledges that isolated incidents of lapses may occur, it is fully committed to addressing them. An internal investigation has already been initiated to delve into the matter comprehensively. This investigation will examine the entire supply chain, the quality of food provided, and any other factors that may have contributed to the situation.
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The NA is steadfast in its commitment to transparency and accountability and will not tolerate negligence or misconduct. If any culpability is identified, appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken. Immediate corrective measures will also be implemented to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.
In addition, the NA encourages its personnel to report any grievances or concerns they may have regarding their feeding arrangements. Established channels for feedback are available, and prompt action will be taken to address legitimate complaints.
The NA remains resolute in its fight against insurgency and other security challenges in Nigeria. Consequently, the Army is dedicated to ensuring that its brave soldiers are provided with the necessary support and care required to carry out their duties effectively. The commitment is unwavering in ensuring that troops are well-fed, motivated, and equipped to defend the nation.
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