Buhari said this while addressing troops during a field training exercise organised to the mark the 2016 Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) in Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara.

He said that the recent conduct of troops, their commanders and the Army's leadership was impressive, noting that it was in tandem with the goal of his administration.

He reminded the troops of his administration's commitment to protect the lives of citizens, grow the economy and fight corruption, noting that ``it has been a long time that I have seen a field exercise organised like this; I am very impressed with what I am seeing.

``I urge you to keep it up and sustain the tempo as you carry on with the efforts to rid our country of criminal elements.

``I must also commend your efforts in fulfilling this administration's promises to secure lives and property, by your contributions, the situation has greatly improved.''

In an interview with newsmen, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara expressed confidence that the efforts of the Army would rid the state of criminals.

He commended the efforts of the Armed Forces in addressing the different security challenges plaguing the nation.

He appreciated President Buhari's support for the Armed Forces in discharging their duties.

On his part, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, thanked President Buhari for his support to the Army.

He attributed the positive changes witnessed in the Army to the support and leadership of the President, especially in the programmes of the Army.

Buratai said that the Army would sustain ongoing efforts to transform all facets of the Army's operations.

He added that the training exercise introduced by the present Army leadership would be sustained with the next exercise scheduled to hold in the southern part of the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President was accompanied by Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, and service chiefs.