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Over 800 Army Officers, Others Climb Aso Rock for Fitness Test


ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – There are over 800 officers and soldiers of the Guards Brigade, Nigerian Army, some family members and as well as members of other security agencies, who participated in this year’s Ascent to Aso Rock to determine their fitness and readiness to continue with the task next year.
Also, all the five battalions in the Brigade Guard, which is a special arm of the Nigerian Army in charge of the Presidency, participated in the exercise.
The Guards Brigade Commander, Brig-Gen. Musa Yusuf, who led the climbing of the Aso Rock in Asokoro, Abuja, emphasised the endurance and team spirit of the military personnel.
According to Musa, “this is not a competition for who is the fastest, as we are going up in group and coming back in group. We are not following the fastest but going with the pace of slowest to meet our target”.
He said that Aso Rock climbing summarises all the training for the whole year and every member of the Guards including the officers and soldiers are expected to climb the 34,000 feet hill top.
He said that the annual exercise is to determine the physical fitness of individual officers and soldiers and to usher in the new year in full readiness.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
“The exercise is usually the last to be conducted in a year to round off the activities of the Guards Brigade. Like some of you followed us up to the rock because if you are not physically fit you cannot even climb half of the rock.
“This is why we put it at the end of the year to determine the fitness level of all our officers and soldiers. This also tests their readiness for the year ahead,” he said.
In the same vein, one of the officers confirmed that over 800 people and five battalions, participated in the 2015 Ascent to the Aso Rock.
Also various prizes were given to the first officers and soldiers (male and female), Battalion Commander, barrack boy, girl, man and woman, paramilitary agencies, defence correspondent and as well as National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member.

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