The Nigerian Army(NA) is the largest component of the Nigerian Armed forces, and is responsible for land warfare operations. It is governed by the Nigerian Army council (NAC). It bears the brunt of the nation's security challenges, notably the Boko Haram insurgency. It was founded in 1960 and has over 200,000 personnels. The Motto of the Nigerian Army is "Victory is from God alone".
The Nigerian Army has had military engagements with Congo crisis, Nigeria civil war, first Liberian civil war, Sierra Leone civil war, conflict in the Niger Delta, Boko Haram insurgency, Northern Mali War invasion of the Gambia. As of today, General Buhari is the commander in chief while Lt General Buratai Yusuf Buratai is the Chief of Army staff.
Notable commanders that have served the Nigerian Army are: General Aguiyi Ironsi(deceased), General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), Lt General Theophilus Danjuma(rtd), General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), General Sani Abacha (deceased), Major General Alwali Kazi(rtd), Lt General Abdulrahman Dambiza(rtd), Lt General Azubike Ihejirika(rtd), Lt General Kenneth T.J Minimah(rtd)
As a civilian living in Nigeria, we are all aware that most Nigerian soldiers are mostly dark in complexion. They are exposed greatly to the sun during most of their trainings or field combats. These normally make them develop dark skin after these rigorous trainings and assignments. Even the light skinned among them aren't left out in this ordeal. Two ways to identify a Nigerian soldier without uniform or identity is through forehead and feet. These soldiers practically wear helmets and boots all the time protecting their foreheads and feets from dangers or extreme hot and harsh weather conditions. These boots and helmets makes a soldier complete in his or her uniform.
Due to this, their forehead and feet regions are not of the same colour with other parts of their bodies. It is fairer or lighter than other parts due to the constant wearing of the helmets and boots. So anytime, you see a Nigerian security personnel that has a lighter forehead and feet different with other parts of his body, please be guided as a civilian because you might be standing before a Nigerian Soldier... even without his uniform or identity card.
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