National Defence College Holds Inauguration Ceremony For Participants Of Course 28

 

The National Defence College is currently holding an inauguration ceremony for participants of the Course 28.

Performing the inauguration, the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), stressed the need for participants to contribute their quota towards addressing the nation’s security challenges.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of First Bank, Mrs Ibukun Awosika who was also in attendance, stressed the need for enterprise education.

This according to her, would ensure economic diversification and the overall development of Nigeria.

She also spoke about security, noting that the increasing migration of rural settlers to urban cities, if left unchecked will continue to pose security challenges.

Mrs Awosika, therefore, stated that the nation’s security challenges can be addressed through widespread development and deliberate structuring of economic opportunities.

Politicians Should Get Security Training – Abdulsalam Abubakar

Nigeria’s Former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd) has suggested that politicians should be included in programmes that will enhance their discipline and forthrightness at the National Defence College.

General Abubakar believes that the standard and discipline associated with the National Defence College will impact in the formation of a good political structure in Nigeria.

He was the guest speaker at the event to mark the silver jubilee anniversary of the establishment of the National Defence College in Abuja.

“The National Defence University if established, would focus solely on strategic methods that feature at the highest echelon of government.

“If our politicians, our NGOs and stakeholders in this country attend short courses in this institute, they would have a better understanding of security and nation building, that is, if the college is going to be funded to be running short courses for all the stakeholders in this country,” the former Head of State said.

Also gathered at the event were serving military officers, past participants and commandants at the National Defence College.

The consensus at the end of the meeting was that after 25 years, government needs to pay more attention to the college so that it can further benefit from the strategic nature of the institution.

U.S. Africa Command Pledges Support For Nigeria

Army Discovers Boko Haram Terrorist Graves In BornoThe United States Africa Command has announced a strong commitment to Nigeria in its battle against insurgency, as well as other countries of the Lake Chad basin.

The Commander of U.S. AFRICOM, General Thomas Waldhauser, noted that information sharing with the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) was part of a continuous strategy to combat terrorism.

He told journalists after a lecture organised for Course 25 at the National Defence College, Abuja that the U.S. would continue to participate in the insurgency fight, as long as reports of progress tallies with the actuality.

Although General Waldhauser said intelligence of the military has in many ways come under scrutiny, he reiterated the need to enforce partnership with Africa towards development.

On his part, Commandant of the defence college, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, said sharing information and an overall goal to develop capacity was very much the target for the command.

Other speakers at the event also stressed the need for the government to reinforce its initial push against Boko Haram terrorists with the support of friendly countries like the United States.

Osinbajo Asks Military To Shun Divisive Forces

Yemi Osinbajo, Military, Divisive Forces, National Unity, Acting PresidentNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has urged the military to resist divisive forces that undermine national unity and economic growth.

Professor Osinbajo made the call on Thursday at a lecture with the participants of Course 25 of the National Defence College in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He had inspected a guard of honour mounted for him before proceeding to the Sani Abacha hall where he delivered a lecture on ‘The Economic Dimension of National Security’.

He noted that divisive forces and corruption were major threats to the unity and economic prosperity of a country.

The Vice President highlighted how the activities of the Niger Delta militants in the southern region and Boko Haram terrorists in northern Nigeria have affected the nation’s economy negatively.

He called on the Nigerian Army to resist any disruptive force that could undermine the unity and economic prosperity of the nation.

The acting president also touched on the government’s economic recovery plans where he called for the rejigging of the civil and criminal justice system.

 

Other speakers at the gathering also appealed to the military to ensure national security in the discharge of their duty.

They noted that that national security and economic prosperity are Siamese twins that cannot be separated.

Tinubu Advises Nigerian Government To Harmonise Monetary, Fiscal Policy

Bola Tinubu, Monetary Policy, Fiscal PolicyA former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu, is proposing a harmonisation of Nigeria’s monetary and fiscal policy.

The recommendation is in line with efforts to restructure the nation’s economy for the benefit of Nigerians, he said.

Mr Tinubu, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the suggestion on Wednesday at a lecture on strategic leadership at the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He called for the realignment of trade policy with a meaningful industrial base supported by a more potent agricultural sector.

The former governor of Lagos State advised the Federal Government not to allow cheap imports to impede the development of industries and sectors strategic to Nigeria’s enduring economic future.

“Strategic objectives during this period of economic uncertainty must be to re-engineer the economy bottom up, diversify the economic base, strengthen our industrial base, modernise infrastructure, enhance agriculture and provide employment,” he said.

Lessons From Boko Haram Crisis

Lecturing the participants of Course 25 of the NDC, the APC leader also outlined the lessons learnt from the fight against insurgency and the threat posed by widespread poverty.

“We have learnt cardinal lessons from the Boko Haram crisis. First, we must govern justly and for the benefit of the people to prevent the recurrence of violent extremism in the future.

“Widespread poverty caused by an unjust allocation of income, wealth and resources provides fertile ground for extremist ideologies that run contrary to the inclusive democracy we seek to perfect.

“Protracted years of gross mis-governance are a down payment on the rise of extremism,” Tinubu pointed out.

The Commandant of the college, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, on his part, asked African leaders to imbibe the ideals of strategic leadership.

The lecture series, which were part of the requirements for NDC participants, were aimed at producing leaders who would proffer solutions to the problems of their countries.

War On Terror: AU Seeks Improved Military, Civilian Relationship

War On Terror: AU Seeks Improved Military, Civilian RelationshipThe protection and empowerment of communities is a key factor for an effective national security strategy in fighting violent extremism and terrorism.

This is according to the African Union Representatives Special for Counter-Terrorism, Mr Larry Gbeivlo-Lartey.

He believes that the local community will also be strengthened by partnering with the government to fight violent extremism as well as to help prevent the further radicalization of people in a country.

Mr Gbeivlo-Lartey was speaking at a workshop on addressing the root cause of violent extremism at the National Defence College, Abuja.

A cross section of participants drawn from different parts of Africa were at the workshop to address the root cause of violent extremism using the human security response approach.

According to Mr Larry Gbeivlo-Lartey, solely depending on military might and legislation will no longer cut it in the fight against violent extremism.

The Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Shola Alde and the National Security Adviser, represented by Commodore Yaminu Musa, both aligned with the AU envoy’s views.

In addition to his recommendations, they also advocated partnerships between countries, continents, regional bodies and even the states and their civil population.

They believe that this is a sure way to nip the issue of violent extremism in the bud.

Indian VP Seeks Legal Reform To Counter Global Terrorism

Indian_VPThe Vice President of the Republic of India, Prof. Hamid Ansari is advocating for international legal reforms to combat terrorism.

He also canvassed for stronger international cooperation to curb the supplies of arms and financing of global movement of terrorists.

Prof. Ansari made the call at a meeting with the National Defence College in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, where he delivered a lecture on “emerging security imperatives, in the context of Nigeria -India relations”.

He identified terrorism as a major threat to international peace.

Prof. Ansari sued for a stronger bilateral relationship between Nigeria and India as they seek international help to counter terrorism.

The Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, explained the importance of having the Indian Vice President around.

He recalled that there is a long existing military and economic relationship between Nigeria and India.

The Commandant also noted that India helped in the establishment of the National Defence Academy in Kaduna State in 1964.

Since then, both countries have continued to have cross border training for military officers.

Nigeria’s Infrastructure: Usani Blames Lack Of Continuity For Slow Development

Niger DeltaThe Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Uguru Usani, has attributed the slow development of Nigeria’s infrastructure to lack of continuity in government policies and programmes.

He said the lack of continuity had led to several abandoned projects across Nigeria, with huge financial implications that could have been used for development.

The Minister made the observation at the inauguration of the Course 25 of the National Defence College in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government was working hard to change the narratives, as he continues with developmental projects of his predecessor.

Criminals Disguising As Herdsmen Will Be Punished – Buhari

Muhammadu-Buhari-Defence-academy-of-NigeriaPresident Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will no longer tolerate acts of criminality under the guise of herdsmen.

The President said that the military had been ordered to deal decisively with anyone found wanting, to end the attacks on rural communities in Nigeria by armed herdsmen.

He gave the warning on Friday while addressing graduating officers who took part in the course 24 of the National Defence College that began in September.

Rebuilding Regions

President Buhari also stated that his administration was making efforts to rebuilding the north-east and the Niger Delta to correct the injustices suffered by the regions in the past.

The graduation ceremony was held at the auditorium of the college, with serving and retired military officers, the Emir of Kano, members of the diplomatic corps, the graduating officers and their well-wishers present.

After the arrival of the President, the ceremony began, with graduating officers inducted as fellows of the National Defence College by the commandant of the college, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade.

After the induction, certificates were presented to them by President Buhari, who also presented awards to former commandants of the college and alumni of the college who have excelled in the service of the military and the country.

Part of those that received the awards were former President Abubakar Abdulsami, Vice Admiral Jubrila Ayinla, Major General Chris Garba, the Minister of Defence and the Chiefs of Army, Naval and Air Staff.

While addressing the gathering, President Buhari commended the participants and urged them to do their best to end the attacks on communities by armed persons disguising as herdsmen.

Sanusi Supports Downstream Deregulation, Requests Nigeria’s Patience

Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, Downstream DeregulationEmir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, on Wednesday supported the deregulation of the downstream sector and the liberalisation of the foreign exchange market.

The Emir of Kano said this while speaking at a lecture series at the National Defence College, Abuja.

The Emir sees the deregulation as a turning point for Nigeria and hopes that it would lead to the much needed change and transformation if sustained.

“The recent steps that have been taken to deregulating the oil sector, liberalising foreign exchange market, meeting with economists and setting up a proper economic team suggest that there is now attention focused on real economic issue.

“I’m much more optimistic today that I’ve been in many years as far as the economy is concerned,” he said.

A Winning Economy

The monarch said that the efforts of the Federal Government to tackle corruption and insecurity shows that there is a real focus on the economy.

“I think that the building blocks have been put in place. What the government has done by fighting insecurity and fighting corruption provides an environment where economic policies can thrive,” he added.

He appealed to Nigerians that the anticipated change would come with some form of inflation and recession, but said that Nigeria would gradually return to a booming economy.

Terror Fight: Olonisakin Attributes Military Success To Leadership Change

Military, Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel OlonisakinThe 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.

Defence Minister Seeks Synergy Between Ministry And Military

Defence MinistryNigeria’s Minister of Defence, Mr Mohammed Dan-Ali, says lack of synergy between his ministry and the armed forces has hampered the efficient management of the nation’s military.

Mr Dan-Ali made the observation on Tuesday at a lecture on Defence Management at the National Defence College in Abuja.

The Minister said it was imperative to introduce a reform and integration of both the military and civil component of the country’s defence system to bring about an effectiveness that is consistent with global best practices.

Of concern to the Minister is the lack of synergy between the civil and military components of Nigeria’s defence system, which, according to him, has to change for the country to be more efficient in handling its security challenges.

This belief was also shared by the Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade.

Despite this identified gap between the ministry and the military, the present administration prides itself on having a better relationship with the military.

Nigeria is presently tackling Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast and resurgence of militant activities in the south-south region of the nation, where the nation’s oil wealth lies.

Nigeria’s crude oil exploration has dropped to bellow one million barrels per day, as a result of attacks on oil facilities in the Niger Delta region by a group that calls itself the ‘Niger Delta Avengers’. The group is seeking the independence of the region.

The group on Monday put forward conditions for negotiation with the Federal Government of Nigeria in order to end the attacks.