Maiduguri, March 24, 2017(TNE) : President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to declare open this year’s Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship in Sambisa forest in Borno.
Maj.- Gen. David Ahmad the Chief of Training and Operations at the Nigerian Army headquarters, stated this while briefing newsmen on the championship on Friday in Maiduguri.
Ahmadu pointed out that the President, who is Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces, would be the Special Guest of Honour at the event scheduled for March 27 to March 31.
He explained that the championship was part of the training activities of the Nigerian Army aimed st sharpening marksmanship of its personnel.
”The Nigerian Army Small Arms Championship, otherwise known as NASAC, is part of the training activities scheduled for 2017.
”It is a championship among the formations of the Nigerian Army, and the objective of the event is to sharpen the marksmanship skills of the army personnel,” Ahmadu said.
According to him, formations of the Nigerian Army will be competing with the best, carting away the prestigious Chief of Army Staff trophy”.
Ahmadu said that the championship was aimed also at consolidating on the total defeat and routing of Boko Haram terrorists from their operational headquarters in camp zairo in Sambisa forest.
”Furthermore, the championship will also mark the commencement of the ongoing plan to move speedily and make the Sambisa forest’s general area safe for habitation.
”It is also to make the place an area for the Nigerian Army training activities,” he said.
Ahmadu added:” To this end, provisions have already been made for the reopening of more roads, construction of culverts and bridges by army engineers to facilitate easy movement to the general area.
”There is no gainsaying that the championship is set to another epoch-making event that will further emphasise efforts of the Nigerian Army and its resolve in meeting its constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the nation”. (TNE)