Buratai gave the commendation on the opening of the Chief of Army Staff’s mixed first, second and third Quarters convention on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
He said that the efficiency of officers and men of the Nigerian military throughout the election was adjudged passable and extremely counseled by all sections of the society.
Buratai said their conduct was in tune along with his strategic directive for 2020 which is ‘To Sustain the Professionalism and Responsiveness of the Nigerian Army within the Discharge of its Constitutional Roles’.
He said he was glad that his directive on skilled conduct was permeating by the ranks as was evident throughout the recent conduct of Operation Safe Conduct in Edo State.
“On this note, I want to congratulate the GOC, officers and men of the two Division Nigerian Army for his or her skilled conduct throughout the Edo State election.
“This is the usual that should be upheld all the time and I anticipate nothing much less within the coming Ondo State governorship election on the tenth of October.
“We must continue to chart progressive paths towards tackling the security challenges confronting the nation,” he said.
Buratai also said that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on the actions of Nigerian military, including that it was nonetheless, in a position to shortly alter with minimal disruptions of its operations.
He said the pandemic was also responsible for his incapability to host the convention within the first and second quarters therefore the need to mix the three quarters.
According to him, this mixed convention will allow us to appraise the extent of implementation of the Nigerian Army focus for the year 2020 and the year 2020 coaching directive.
“The convention will also afford the chance to hold discussions on present operational, administrative and logistics issues as effectively as different safety issues which might be essential to the sovereignty of our expensive nation.
“It is sort of evident that the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the implementation of Nigerian Army forecast of events for 2020 and by extension my coaching directives for the year.
“However, it afforded us the opportunity to test some of our concepts and plans accordingly,” he said.
Buratai disclosed that the Nigerian military offered helps to the civil authorities in managing the pandemic in compliance with the request by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
He added that he also directed the activation of Operation Second Eleven to forestall any breakdown of regulation and order throughout the nation.
“Also, our medical personnel have been skilled as half of the nationwide effort at containing the pandemic and a few Nigerian military medical services have been designated as isolation centres.
“Various personal protecting tools have been also procured and distributed to all formations and items together with the assorted theatres of operations.
“The low incidence of COVID-19 outbreak amongst troops and in military barracks is a testomony to the effectiveness of the proactive steps that we took on the onset of the pandemic.
“However, I am sure that we will have course during the conference to review our actions with a view to identifying strategies for addressing similar challenges in the future,” he said.
The Chief of Policy and Plans, Army, Lt.-Gen. Lamidi Adeosun, said the COAS’ strategic directive for 2020 had enabled the Nigerian Army to play important position within the management of COVID-19 pandemic.
Adeosun said the full utility of the directive by the commanders in varied operations throughout the nation had additional endeared the Nigerian Army to the citizenry and made it a delight of the nation.
“This convention is due to this fact an alternative for us to appraise our actions within the first, second and third quarters of the year and refine methods towards impending operations and actions within the fourth quarter.
“I enjoy you all to raise issue and points that would address our operational and administrative challenges and also lead to informed decisions that will enhance the performance of NA in the discharge of its constitutional duties,” he said.