It was a day i have been waiting for, the final list is yet to be announced as we all gathered at the Medical Reception Center inside the barracks awaiting the arrival Commander in charge of the screening exercise to come out with the list of the successful applicants that will be going to Depot Nigeria Army in Zaria, Kaduna State. The tension was high at that moment as everybody was praying seriously, i couldn’t help myself that very moment because i have suffered a lot to get to the last stage of the screening exercise. I kept on hoping in God for a better result, the tension was still very very high when the Brigadier General came out of the office with the list in is hand. My heart was beating faster as if it’s going to pound out, everywhere was silent like a grave yard as we all listen to the General.
After commending our effort, He handed over the list to the physical training officer and he started calling out the names!
Lagos, Ondo and Ogun state were the three states that took part in the exercise, Lagos state list came first, followed by Ondo state and then my state Ogun state. My name was number 8th on the list, out of 95 selected applicant from each state. I was very happy and at the same time unhappy. I was happy because in the next 6 months, my dream of becoming a soldier will come true but i was unhappy because out of 7 of us staying in a room during the exercise, i was the only shortlisted applicant. How do i celebrate my victory among the rest of my friends when they did not make the final list.
The General addressed all successful applicants again and congratulated us, he further exclaimed that it is not our effort that brought us to the last stage as there are lot of people out there that are still better than us but God has choosen us and we should give all thanks to God. He ordered the officer to give each of us the list of requirements we are to come along with next tomorrow. We will all assembly at the same spot and move to Kaduna state for the full training. He then dismissed us and we all went to our various ways after the collection of the requirements list. I called my mum to inform her of the successful completion of the screening and that i have been shortlisted among the applicants. She was happy and i told her that i will be in Sango in some minutes time, Abeokuta to Sango is just about 45 minutes drive. I left the barracks immediately in order for me to b able to prepare against next tomorrow because i still need to put somethings in place and at the same time hustle for money so that i can buy the required items.