The 82 Division Nigerian Army Enugu has flagged its inter-brigade competition in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State, southern Nigeria.
The competition involves the participation of four military formations in the Division and these include 14 brigade, Abia State; 34 Artillery, Owerri, Imo State; 82 Division Garrison, Enugu, Enugu State and the host, 13 Brigade, Calabar in Cross River.
Major General Emmanuel Kabuk, the General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army, Enugu, supervised a 10 kilometre combat running to signal the beginning of the competition.
Major General Kabuk stated: “This organization that we belong to, the Nigerian Army, requires we all keep fit. It is in the spirit of keeping fit that the Chief of Army Staff has organize the Nigerian Army Sports Festival coming up in the first week of October 2018.”
“It is for all formations and units within the Nigerian Army to compete and the major events are the combat marathon, which we have just witnessed and the normal marathon using the sports wears,” the GOC said.
He explained that the combat marathon would require each participant to partake in a ten kilometre race carrying their personal weapon, other paraphernalia and wearing the full Service Marching Order, SMO.
The GOC hinted that the inter-brigade competition was organized for the junior and middle cadre leadership within the Division to build their capacities as leaders of the rank and file in combat situations.
Explaining that these category of officers must be fit, Major General Kabuk stated: “An officer cannot lead from the rear. That is why this particular competition is centred the junior and middle cadre leadership, that is Majors and Below.
“These are the officers, who move with the men in the frontline. These cadre of officers must be physically fit to lead the men from the front not from the rear. So, this competition is very significant in the Nigerian Army and part of the normal training to ensure we are all fit to face security challenges of today,” stated Kabuk.
Besides the 10 kilometre combat marathon, which was won by 14 Brigade Abia in 1 hour, 10 minutes record time, the weeklong event would feature Thug-of-War, Weapons Handling, Combat Swimming and Map Reading.
The competition is expected to be rounded off on Thursday with presentation of prizes to individual and group winners.