Nigerian Army: Everything You Need to Know About Them
The Nigerian Army is the largest entity of the Nigerian Armed Forces, and responsible for land warfare operations. It is governed by the Nigerian Army Council.
It has its headquarters in Abuja. Founded in 1960, the Nigerian Army has grown to be one of the strongest military forces in Africa.
The current Chief of Army Staff is Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.
According to africa-facts.org, the Nigeria Army ranks 5th in the list of the top 10 most powerful military bodies in Africa.
Nigerians Army has over 1,500 armored vehicles, 360 tanks, and 6,000 logistical vehicles at its disposal, as well as nearly 300 aircraft and 25 high-powered naval vessels.
We all know for a fact that the United States has the strongest military in the world, (which has been in the lead since 1945) and is followed by Russia, China, India, and the United Kingdom.
Nigerian Army Departments
Below is a list of the Army Departments of the Nigerian Army.
- Department of Army AdministrationDepartment of Army Administration (DOAA) deals with the administration, welfare, discipline, employment and development of all human resources in the Army of Nigeria.
The branch is divided into 2 major directorates, namely: Directorate of Manpower Planning (DMP) and the Directorate of Personnel Services (DPS ‘A’). It also controls other minor directorates and units.
The executive head of this branch is the Chief of Army Administration (COA ‘A’).
- Department of Army Logistics
Department of Army Logistics (DOAL) is responsible for all logistics matters in the Nigerian Army. This Department controls the entire Army of Nigeria budget.It also supervises all quartering services of the Nigerian Army. The Branch is headed by the Chief of Army Logistics (COLOG).
- Army Transformation and Innovation Centre
The Army Transformation and Innovation Centre (ATIC) is to ensure that the Army of Nigeria (NA) actualises its Vision 2015, which is to manage the Nigerian Army Transformation Process in order to develop the operational effectiveness of the NA.The Centre is also to develop strategies that will ensure that the Nigerian Army responds adequately to the ever dynamic operational and technological environment.
Initially known as the Office of the Nigerian Army Transformation (ONAT), it transmutted to Army Transformation, Innovation and Concept Development Centre (ATICDC) before its new name of ATIC.
It is headed by Chief of Transformation and Innovation (Army) COTI (A) for short.
- Department of Army Policy and Plans
Department of Army Policy and Plans (DAPP) is the hub on which all the activities of the Nigerian Army rest. It could be aptly described as the ‘horse’ that pulls the cart.It is at the centre of the wheel of the General Staff activities and it is both the ‘think tank’ and the co-coordinator of all AHQ Principal Staff Branches.
At the head of the branch is the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP)
- Department of Civil-Military Affairs
The Department of Civil-Military Affairs (DCMA) was established in December 2010 by the then Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen OA Ihejirika to serve primarily as an interface between the Nigerian Army and the Civil Populace.It has the responsibility of underscoring the fundamentals of Civil Military Affairs as a Strategic National Institution.
The Department is also charged with the introducing and transmitting the core elements of effective civil-military relations in areas of human rights, rule of law, negotiations liaison and conflict management.
- Directorate of Army Public Relations
The Directorate of Army Public Relations (DAPR) was established in 1962 to keep the Nigerian contingent in the United Nations Peace Keeping Force in Congo abreast with happenings back home.It was also to inform Nigerians at home on the performance of the Nigerian contingent in the operation area. DAPR has developed and expanded in terms of manpower, roles and responsibilities.
It is charged with the short and long term building and management of good corporate image for the NA and sustenance of cordial relationship between the Army of Nigeria and the public.
- Department of Army Training and Operations
The Department of Army Training and Operations (DATOPS) is responsible for the training, planning and directing of military operations by continuous assessment and evaluation of possible threat areas in the overall national defense.The Department is headed by the Chief of Training and Operations, Army (CTOP ‘A’).