Physique: Shape up or ship out

Daily Trust - - YOUTH VILLE -

Text by Ba­mas Vic­to­ria @sinach360 Shape up or ship out’! If some­one says this to you, it means it’s time to make a change. Your be­hav­ior or per­for­mance is not liv­ing up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

A sim­i­lar re­mark was di­rected to the Nige­rian army when the Chief of Army Staff Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Tukar Bu­ratai is­sued a dead­line of De­cem­ber 15 to all over­weight sol­diers to get into shape.

He di­rected the Depart­ment of Army Phys­i­cal Train­ing to work out guide­lines on im­prov­ing the phys­i­cal fit­ness of per­son­nel, ex­plain­ing that many of­fi­cers and sol­diers have not paid the needed at­ten­tion to their phys­i­cal fit­ness, which has led to many of them be­ing over­weight with ten­dency for obe­sity and its at­ten­dant health risks.

Nige­ria Army are not the ones who have ever been tasked to make cor­rec­tions to their ap­pear­ance as Sam Jones for the Guardian (UK) in his story “US army told to shape up - by du­elling with pugil sticks”. To cor­rect that the US mil­i­tary top brass switched the fit­ness fo­cus from five-mile runs and bay­o­net drills to zigzag sprints and agility ex­er­cises.

“Most of these sol­diers have never been in a fist­fight or any kind of a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion,” said trainer Cap­tain Scott Sewell at the army’s fit­ness school in Fort Jack­son, South Carolina. Hence, Sewell and his col­leagues spend hours urg­ing trainees to duel with pugil sticks un­til one is knocked over.

News­beat so­cial TV re­ported that the pres­i­dent of Bo­livia Evo Mo­rales has sug­gested that over­weight and un­fit sol­diers will not be pro­moted. Mo­rales re­port­edly told sol­diers to im­prove their fit­ness or else they will not be pro­moted adding that mil­i­tary of­fi­cials will record the weight of each sol­diers and this in­for­ma­tion will be taken into ac­count for fu­ture pro­mo­tions.

In The Tuscaloosa News of March 29, 1979 in an ar­ti­cle ti­tled ‘fe­male sol­diers told to shape up” re­ported that the Bel­gian army says some of it fe­male sol­diers are be­ing neg­li­gent in their ap­pear­ance of­fi­cers have been told to cor­rect the prob­lem. been back to Nige­ria since ce and you have no idea how happy this video o makes me feel” F Ogun­rombi wrote af­ter watch­ing Eyo.

An em­pha­sis was mad­ede on Asa’s fem­i­nine side con­trary to o pre­vi­ous fo­cus on her in­tel­lec­tual ca­pa­bil­ity.

On the whole Eyo’s lyric­sics worked with the video in naa way that will make you long for home but Asa could have done bet­ter with the first dress she

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