The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, says that the change of leadership style by the current crop of military has contributed largely to the success of the fight against terrorism and internal aggression.
The Military Chief said this on Wednesday at a lecture series on military leadership at the National Defence College in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
He said that no amount of equipment or technological superiority would ensure military success against any form of aggression without effective leadership at the operational, strategic and tactical level of the military.
General Olonisakin noted that all military level must interact effectively if the war against both internal and external aggression is to be won.
He added that the military is also working on improving the welfare of personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces to sustain the new style of leadership.
The Chief of South African National Defence Force, General Zakaria Shoke, has re-affirmed his country’s willingness to work with Nigerian Armed Forces to the benefit of the two countries.
A statement by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, says General Shoke made this known when he visited the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin in his office in Abuja.
The Chief of South African National Defence Force promised to support Nigeria in its quest to end Boko Haram in the country.
General Shoke further reaffirmed the commitment of the South African Armed Forces to the development of the Nigerian military in the area of capacity building, exchange programme and logistics support, among others.
In his response, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Olonisakin, thanked the South African Chief of National Defence Force for the visit and solicited for more cooperation in defence related matters.
This, he said would go a long way in strengthening the two countries’ bilateral cooperation.
General Olonisakin also requested for training of more Special Forces and other equipment that could be used in the operations against Boko Haram which has been substantially decimated and degraded.
He said the war against terror is closing up and would soon end.