Physical fitness, cornerstone of troop combat readiness – Minister
1 The Minister of Defence, retired Major-General. According to Bashir Magashi, physical fitness remains the cornerstone of combat readiness for troops in the face of the myriad security challenges facing the country.
2 Magashi, who was represented by the Director of Military Affairs, Mr. Sunday Attahsaid so at the opening of the 2022 Joint Armed Forces Sports Competition (2022-AFISSC) on Tuesday in Abuja.
4 The Minister indicated that the joint sports competition, organized by the Defense Staff (DHQ) was designed to provide the platform for departments to interact with each other to maintain the good relationships established and enjoyed over the years.
5 According to him, the importance of physical fitness cannot be overemphasized in an army like ours, especially at a time when Nigeria faces a myriad of security challenges.
6 “It is physically and mentally fit personnel that make the difference in combat operations.
seven “These physically and mentally fit personnel are capable of withstanding harsh weather and terrain conditions and other harsh and stressful combat conditions.
8 “Physical fitness therefore remains the cornerstone of troop combat readiness, as it keeps service personnel in peak physical condition that allows them to perform and perform their assigned tasks.
9 “Overall, physical fitness is the foundation for good health and physical well-being of service personnel,” he added.
ten Magashi said the current security challenges facing the nation were enormous and therefore called for synergy and cooperation between the three services.
11 He said avenues such as athletic competition should be continually created to facilitate mutual interaction between troops.
12 The Minister congratulated the troops for their efforts and their sacrifices in the face of security challenges as well as the DHQ for the organization of the sports competition.
13 He instructed participating athletes to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and strive for peak performance to win laurels for their various services.
14 “Furthermore, let fair play be your watchword while staying the course, the objective for the organization of this sporting festival.
15 “I will not end my remarks without assuring you all of the unwavering commitment of the President Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buharito ensure the best conditions of well-being and work for the personnel of our armies.
16 “He appreciates the tremendous efforts and great sacrifices you are all making to ensure the security and prosperity of our dear country, Nigeria,” he added.
17 The Chief of the Defense Staff (CEM)General Lucky Irabor, said the event was aimed at strengthening bonds between the troops, instilling discipline and the will to serve a common cause in the armed forces.
18 Irabor, who was represented by Air Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said the friendly athletic competition helps foster desired working relationships and promotes synergy among members. armed forces.
19 This is, he says, because physical fitness of body and contentment of mind come more easily in the free atmosphere of games.
20 “More so, sport provides a foundation of teamwork necessary for troops to function with the cohesion often called for in both peacetime military engagements and combat operations.
21 “As we all know, warfare is an exhausting experience and the ability to advance long distances with full combat gear over rough terrain and to fight effectively requires strength, agility and skill. endurance on the part of the troops.
22 “This can only be conditioned by sport and effective physical training.
23 “As such, team sports have been shown to provide both physiological and psychological benefits that reduce stress, illness and injury, especially during operations.
24 “As a result, the physical fitness and mental alertness of personnel have become key considerations for the armed forces to meet the increasing demands of current and emerging threats,” he said.
25 Irabor said the military has made great strides in encouraging personnel and their families to always play sports through organized events like the half marathon, children’s sports clinic and various sports championships.
26 The CDS said the competitions aimed to promote synergy and cooperation among APN and other security agencies, adding that he also encouraged troops to prepare and remain combat-ready.
27 He said that several talents discovered in competitions of this nature represented the country in different international sporting events and recorded feats.
28 According to him, the cross country team that will represent Nigeria at the 58th World Military Cross Country Competition to be held in Beja, Portugal in October, would be selected for the interservice sports competition.
29 News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition features male and female athletes from the army, navy and air force.
30 They will compete for laurels in Basketball, Cross-Country, Football, Taekwondo and Volleyball.