Ibadan—The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, on Monday said the military was facing the challenges of rebuilding itself and subordinating to civil authority. He said this at the opening of the workshop on civil-military relations held for officers and men at the 2 Division, Adekunle Fajuyi Cantonment, Ibadan.
He stated that: “To tackle the new challenges, the military needed a complete re-orientation.” He noted that there had been frictions in civil-military interactions in the past, stressed that the trend globally was to establish a department of civil military affairs as was conceived by the army headquarters.
“The establishment of this department is to ensure that the personnel of the Nigerian Army are fully sensitised on this concept.
“This is aimed at transforming the Nigerian Army to meet the challenges of the 21stcentury in line with my vision which is to transform the Nigerian Army into better force able to meet contemporary challenges,” he said.
Earlier, the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Army Headquarters, Maj.- Gen. Bitrus Kwaji, said the workshop would serve as a platform for interaction between the military, paramilitary personnel and civil society.
He said the theme of the workshop, “Enhancing Civil –Military Relations to Meet Contemporary Challenges of the Nigerian Army in a Democratic Environment,” was necessary because of the suspicion of civilians about the military.
The workshop, he added, would eliminate the wrong perception about the army and promote positive relations with host communities.
The workshop was organised for officers and men of the 2 Division, 81 Division and 82 Division.