Mark Challenges Military On Enhanced Security

The Senate President, Senator David Mark has challenged the armed forces to enhance its capacity to identify and disrupt threats to the country’s security.

Mark was speaking at the graduation ceremony of course 21 participants of the National Defence College.

The senate president said the federal government is prepared to take steps that will ensure the force is properly equipped to carry out its mandate.

The ceremony was attended by service chiefs, defence chiefs from participating countries, wives and families of the graduating officers.

The commandant of the college, Rear Admiral Thomas Lokoson encouraged the graduates to act proactively in the different leadership positions that await them, a view the senate president agreed with even though he also added a challenge to the country’s armed forces.



Jonathan Calls On US To Help Solve Boko Haram Insurgency

President Goodluck Jonathan today called on the United States government to help Nigeria curb the insecurity that has bedevilled the nation’s territory.

Jonathan made the call while commending the world super power on their role in ensuring global peace and security in a statement signed by the Presidential Assistant on Media and Publicity, Musa Aduwak.

Jonathan said “Nigeria was facing various security challenges, such as Boko Haram, policing the nation’s extensive maritime borders, crude oil theft and kidnapping, and called on the USA to support the Government’s efforts to find lasting solutions to these problems”.

Jonathan was speaking to General Carter Ham, Commander of the United States’ Africa Command (AFRICOM) who paid a courtesy call to State House, Tuesday, as part of activities during a visit to present a paper at the National Defence College, Abuja.

Jonathan said ‘We appreciate the commitment of the United States to assist in ensuring that the world is safe and secure’.

Jonathan also briefed Gen. Ham on his visit to Mali and the efforts by ECOWAS to resolve the conflict in that country, adding that the situation could still be contained if the right steps are taken quickly.

He congratulated President Barrack Obama on his re-election, and commended the smooth US elections.

Earlier, Gen. Carter Ham, Commander of AFRICOM, had said he seized the opportunity to present a paper at the National Defence College to hold talks with security agencies on ways to strengthen the partnership between Nigerian and American forces.

He said “the USA was ready to cooperate with Nigeria in areas such as maritime security, communications, development of civil-military capabilities, and resolving the conflict in Mali”.

Gen. Ham commended Nigeria’s Defence College for the harmonious working relationship between military personnel and civilians with participants from neighbouring countries on security issues.