The Nigerian Navy (NN) on Sunday warned its personnel against indulging in bad substance which could influence them at work negatively.
The personnel were also warned to shun violence or any act that could smear the image of the Navy.
Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) Rear Admiral Stanfford Enoch gave the warnings after the quarterly 10km route march.
The exercise saw over 600 personnel marching from the headquarters at Harbour Road, Apapa to Costain and back.
Enoch, who was represented by NAVTRAC’s Chief Staff Officer (CSO) Rear Admiral Idowu Yusuf said the NN was warning the personnel against drugs because they carry firearms.
He added that the navy was mindful of the doom it would spell for the country if firearm bearing operatives take to substance abuse.
His words: “Stay away from bad substances. There are serious repercussions if you are caught.
“Remember we carry firearms and so, it could spell doom for the nation if a rifle-bearing rating influenced by hard substance opens fire on people.
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“The warning does not mean there is an issue of drug abuse in the navy. The military is orderly and we do not wait for things to go bad before we take action. We take action in advance to prevent the occurrence of such issues.
“That is why we are doing this exercise. It is often said that the more we sweat in peacetime, the less blood we shed in wartime.”
It was gathered that the quarterly route march, a directive from the naval headquarters was held simultaneously across all units and formations in the country.
Enoch also advised the personnel to undertake routine medical checks, just as he emphasised the need for synergy with other security agencies.
“You must eschew violence. Running away from violence does not make you a coward, it shows maturity,” he said.
Similarly, the FOC Western Naval Command (WNC) Rear Admiral Oladele Daji during the command’s march which held inside Navy Town in Ojo said the need for personnel to keep fit cannot be overemphasised given the current security challenges in the country.
Rear Admiral Daji,who was represented by the command’s Operations Officer Commodore Livingstone Izu charged the operatives to remain law abiding citizens and maintain improved health.