The Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Maj Gen. Jamil Sarham, has demanded total loyalty from graduating cadets to the Nigerian Armed Forces and the nation.
Gen Sarham gave the charge at the pre-commission lecture for cadets of Army 67 Regular Course and Short Service Course 46, on Friday in Kaduna.
He added that the nation requires total loyalty from them when they eventually get commissioned into the Armed Forces, as such they should remain apolitical and patriotic at all times.
He said it was important for them to imbibe the tenets of faithfulness, obedience, devotion, trustworthiness, dependability, dedication and commitment to duty.
The Commandant added that the NDA has remained true to its mission to produce educated and honourable officers by providing them with military and academic trainings.
Gen Sarham explained that emphasis had been placed on discipline, honour, integrity, physical fitness and endurance as well as responsibility during the training.
He maintained that for the cadets to overcome the challenges in the field, they must abide by the core values of the Nigerian Army to succeed.
The commandant noted that the Armed forces are currently engaged in various internal security operations, as such the cadets, as junior commanders, must be ingeneous, quick witted and adaptable, to beat evolving adversary tactics and exploit all opportunities to succeed.
He warned them to avoid acts capable of dragging the name of the Academy into disrepute in the remaining days before their eventual commissioning into the Armed forces.