It’s not just a man’s world in the Nigerian Army. Women have been part of the army’s campaigns against Boko Haram. But before that, women served only in communications unit, medical units and base facilities. But not anymore. The paradigm shift in the army’s doctrine is best reflected by a Nigeria Army officer Sergeant Blessing when she was addressing the Nigerian Army top brass and leaders of Nigeria at the recent Chief of Army Staff Conference (COASC) at Monguno, Borno state.
“We have been trained to help combat the scourge of terrorism, especially suicide bombings that are usually carried out by women. We are not just the first Service (Nigerian Army) to establish the Women Corp, we are proud to be part of the Nigerian Army’s success against Boko Haram.”
In 2017 more than 500 women entered the Nigerian Defence Academy. The army Cadet Corps comprises almost 1000 girls. After finishing their military education, in 2 or 3 years perhaps they will be entering the Nigerian army to join nearly 3000 women in active service with the army and after some take up important and responsible posts.
This is not hyperbole, there really are positions for them to take up. An entire women’s is undertaking service in the Nigerian armed forces, comprising more than 5,000 representatives of the fairer sex, of which 300 are officers and a dozen hold commanding positions.
In early 2018 the Chief of Army Staff Major Gen Tukur Buratai created the Nigerian Army’s Women-only Corps