SOME 12 US soldiers have trained Nigerian troops on a six-week advise-and-assist mission in Jaji, Kaduna State, Pentagon has said.
The US Department of Defence said Nigerian Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion might be the next to deploy to Northeast to confront the violent extremist organisation, Boko Haram.
The department, while documenting some accounts of the US soldiers during the training said it was important to prepare the Nigerian troops for the threats they faced from the terrorists.
Sgt Saul Rodriguez, the most experienced of the 12 US soldiers said: “even in triple-digit heat and with AK-47 automatic rifles in hand, it’s easy to forget these soldiers are likely headed into imminent danger”.
“My job is to train you as much as I can. Your job is to fight the bad guys out of your country,” Pentagon quoted Rodriguez as shouting to a group of soldiers demonstrating their best cover and concealment efforts behind Jaji’s bushes and trees.
In NAN report, Staff Sgt Kevin Martin of the 10th Mountain Division Fort Drum, New York, said after lecturing the troops on the significance of maintaining noise discipline that they needed the skills as they faced real threats.
“Yes. We are hard on them. We have to be. Their life depends on it. They might need these skills one day.
“They face a very real and lethal threat. We aren’t going to slow down; we are going to pack as much training in as possible,” Martin said.