'Nigerian Army is At the Forefront of Fight Against Insurgency' - Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke Maj. Gen Igbinomwanhia Affirms

.... 4 Special Force Command Holds Its 2023 Operations Planning Cadre

The Nigerian Army is at the forefront of the fight against insurgency, banditry, farmers-herders clashes, kidnapping and militancy amongst several other security challenges that bedeviled the corporate existence of Nigeria.

The Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), Major General Sunday Igbinomwanhia, disclosed this today Monday 18 September 2023 at the opening of headquarters 4 Special force command 2023 operations planning cadre at 401 SF Brigade joint Officers’ MESS Joe Akaahan Cantonment Makurdi. 

Speaking during the opening remarks, the special guest of Honour, the Commander, Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), Major General Sunday Igbinomwanhia, assured that the Nigeria Armed Forces will continue to work assiduously with other security agencies and relevant stakeholders towards ensuring enduring peace for the Nation. 

4 Special Forces Command spokesperson Major Joseph Adekunle Afoloshade noted in a press statement that Major General Igbinomwanhia who was the Special Guest of Honour at the inauguration ceremony of 4 Special Forces (SF) Command Operation Planning Cadre for Officers gave the assurance today Monday 18 in Makurdi.

"These unscrupulous elements employ different methods and tactics in a bid to frustrate the successes recorded by the Nigerian Army operations. 

"To this end, all personnel must possess the requisite capacity and competence to effectively tackle these challenges through the deliberate understanding and employment of principles and planning procedures for the conduct of operations.

"The planning cadre seeks to enhance the capacity and broaden the knowledge of participants on operational planning, processes and manoevrist approach to warfare. 

"I, therefore, enjoin you to take maximum advantage of this operations planning cadre to build capacity and develop competence. 

"I am hopeful that the intellectual discourse during this cadre will provide useful policy options for the planning and conduct of contemporary and future Nigerian Army operations," Major General Igbinomwanhia said.  

Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Commander thanked the governors of Benue and Nasarawa States for the friendly environment and cordial relationship with the Nigerian Army.

In the meantime, the Commander 4 SF Command, Major General Hilary Nzan, said that the operations planning cadre was significant in the Nigerian Army training cycle as it afforded them and its middle cadre and field officers the opportunity to learn and interact on the rudiments of operations planning art to support and execute strategic plans or directives.

Major General Nzan said that it required officers of 4 SF Command to brainstorm extensively together with officers of other sister security agencies on how to enhance operations planning values and competencies for effective and optimal performance and service delivery.

"This is in line with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Command Philosophy which is to transform the Nigerian Army into a well-trained, equipped and highly motivated force towards achieving our constitutional responsibilities within a joint environment. 

"The modules of the cadre were carefully designed to train and equip the officers with relevant operations planning essentials in the attainment of the army goals and objectives," the Commander 4 Special Forces said. 

He enjoined all participants to freely express their opinions and ideas that would aid in achieving the desired objectives of the cadre, stressing that he had no doubt that the cadre would enrich their knowledge through the variety of lectures, presentations and practical exercises that would be given by various resource persons.

He charged the participants to make maximum use of the cadre to understand the dynamics of proper synergy, collaboration and sound coordination of operations with other security agencies.

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