The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said on Tuesday that any attempt by individuals or groups to politicise the military would be resisted.
Buratai also vowed that military personnel found to be partisan would be “severely dealt with.’’
He made the remark during the inauguration of new office complex of the Army War College Nigeria, at Asokoro in Abuja.
The chief of army staff said that the Nigerian Army would remain “apolitical and loyal to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Buratai said the war college was set up to develop capacities of personnel at the operational level and bridge the gap between the strategic and the tactical levels.
“Most contemporary security challenges faced by our nation today are best tackled at the operational level.
“Therefore, any army that has highly professional officers at the operational level is one that is poised for future success as this category of officers constitutes the critical mass of the army.
“As we are aware, changes in the nature of threats and technological advancement have further increased the complexity and unpredictability of modern warfare.
“It is pertinent at this period that we build the necessary intellectual capacity to operate in an asymmetric environment that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.
“The ever changing environment that we live in requires mental model, which promotes creativity, critical and system thinking, skills, as well as deep understanding of operational art and campaign planning,’’ he said.
The army chief expressed confidence that the skills taught at the college would form the “fulcrum and flagship” of the institution as the facilities at the college are world standard.