NAN reports that Usman disclosed this on Saturday in Abuja at the 2019 edition of the Guards Brigade Ascent of Aso Rock.
During the event, the commander led his officers and soldiers alongside personnel from the Defence and Army Headquarters to the hill top.
Other participants at the rigorous exercise were diplomats, security agencies, and interested members of the public.
According to Usman, Ascent of Aso Rock of the Guards Brigade is observed at the end of every year.
He said that the essence of the event was to further strengthen the training and physical fitness of troops ahead of the new year.
The General disclosed that the distance covered was 1,340 meters with over 5,000 participants.
“The Aso Rock is the most domineering natural feature in the environs of the city of Abuja.
“The peak of the rock provides an observer with a clear view of the FCT being close to the Headquarters, Guards Brigade.
“It is also, an integral part of the formation used as an important natural feature to test the physical fitness of troops under the command as well mark the end of the annual training cycle,” he said.
The Guards Brigade is an elite part of the Nigerian Army responsible for protecting the President of Nigeria and the nation’s capital.
The members are a group of Nigerian soldiers who guard the residence of the President and his guests, as well as perform ceremonial duties.