General Yahaya’s Logic in Transforming Nigerian Army


The sovereignty of any nation is squarely in the hands of the armed forces and the Nigerian army has been working assiduously to protect the vulnerable people and safeguard the country from egregious attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists, and other militias in the North West and North Central states of the country. The efforts by the Nigerian military in curtailing soaring insecurity in the country is being achieved by the tactical logic of the Chief Of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya.

Lt. Gen. Yahaya assured that the army under his command would remain resolute and continue to chart progressive paths towards tackling the insecurity challenges in the federation.

Driven by his honesty, passion and the desire to reposition the Nigerian Army into one that is admired by the people, the United Kingdom-based Global Peace Movement International (GPMI) recently honoured Lt. Gen. Yahaya, with ‘Touch Light of Unity’ award for his dogged, brave and fearless approach in containing banditry, terrorism, insurgency and other criminal elements in the country.

The GPMI noted that under the leadership of General Yahaya, the Nigerian military have recorded incredible progress in the war against all manner of insecurity in the country.

While asserting his quest for peace in the nation, the Chief of Army Staff warned that he will not take or accept excuses from army commanders as they lead troops in tackling security challenges facing the country.

According to Lt. Gen. Yahaya, “the army under my command will remain resolute and continue to chart progressive paths towards tackling the challenges.

Commanders must, therefore, glean from my `Command Philosophy’ to ensure that operational and administrative proficiencies of Nigerian Army units and formations are sustained and improved upon. They must seize initiative and commanders must take initiative, they must take decisive actions to defeat the threats in their respective areas of responsibilities (AORs). I will not again take or accept no excuses.

Gentlemen, failure is failure irrespective of the circumstances.”

Praising Lt. Gen. Yahaya’s impact in restoring peace in the affected regions in the country, the UK based agency said, “this is the first time a serving Chief Of Army Staff is appearing on their website because Faruk ‘is a real military and a professional officer and not a political soldier.”

President Muhammadu Buhari government has expressed commitment to ending insecurity and has supported not just the army but the armed forces generally with warfare, funding, equipment and so on to enable them to confront the security threats in the country.

The contemporaneous security situation in the North East, North West and South-East parts of the country is more diverse, dynamic, interconnected and far less predictable than ever; hence the charge by Lt. Gen. Yahaya that contemporary threats and operating environment demand innovative leadership and competence from commanders.

As the Nigerian security agencies undergo continuous changes in missions and tasks, as well as in the form of their organisations, the warfighting abilities of military leaders are not the only ones required. Transformational military leadership, with leaders operating from the post-conventional level of developmental action-logic, arguably become one of the most needed capacities.

The logical transformational leadership pattern General Yahaya has introduced has brought about changes needed to respond adequately and adaptively to contemporaneous and future security challenges in Nigeria.

Buttressing his quality and the desire to rid the most populous country in Africa, the Chief of Army Staff, in one of his meetings with the military officers, assured that despite contemporary security challenges, the Nigerian Army under his leadership, is being repositioned to conduct its operations efficiently; pointing that this has become imperative to defeat the myriad of adversaries behind threats to the internal security of the country.

Lt. Gen. Yahaya made it clear that the army is better positioned under the current leadership through effective training and re-training and stressed that training will improve the capacity of the army to checkmate security challenges currently bedevilling the nation.

While reaffirming his stance for logical repositioning of the Army, the Chief of Army Staff, charged all the officers and men of the army to devise multidimensional, multidisciplinary and multifaceted approaches to defeat all adversaries and challenges.

The Nigerian army has accomplished numerous successes in its operations across the country and has ameliorated the horrible attacks by the militants to near zero.

Perhaps, Lt. Gen. Yahaya has encapsulated his command philosophy anchored on four cardinal pillars: Professionalism, Readiness, Administration and Cooperation, since assumption of duty on May 28, 2021.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, while. commending the military for their efforts, said the security threats being experienced in the country will soon become history.

Irabor stressed, “There are challenges but the challenges are not as much as where we started from. That gives hope for everyone that as we go into the year, there is ample opportunity to escalate the actions that brought the peace that we now enjoy and also to take it to another level where there would be no need for anyone to live in fear in any part of the country.”

The Chief Of Army Staff approach to leadership motives the operational disposition of troops in battle with tremendous exploits that resulted in the neutralisation of high profile terrorist commanders and their foot soldiers, which led to the mass surrender of fighters and recovery of combat equipment and degraded the capability of the terrorists.

Security analysts have commended Lt. Gen. Yahaya for providing the welfare needs of troops ranging from housing to logistics as well as operational requirements; and has been on all fronts, leading with remarkable strides in the area of massive infrastructural developments across Nigerian army formations and units.

The tactician Chief Of Army Staff has also provided the opportunity to re-assess the Nigerian Army’s combat readiness to come up with a workable framework and strategies for winning the war against adversaries.

He added that the army was conducting recruitment and training of over 3,000 recruits to enhance its manpower capacity and capabilities to increase its fighting capability.

A true leader, according to General Douglas MacArthur, has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

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