Nigerian leader pledges to secure the country

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari gets commendation from lawmakers.

President Muhammadu Buhari says the Nigerian government under his leadership is poised to secure all parts of the country, to fast track development.

He made the remark on Friday at the graduation ceremony of course 27 of the national Defence College, Abuja.

He said government is committed to providing the needed environment for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

“Our government is poised to promote national security and development. We remain committed to promoting a vision of a secure, safe, just, peaceful, prosperous and strong nation. Indeed, we shall be employing all elements of our national and human resources to ensure security, a just society, peaceful co-existence, national unity, prosperity and sustainable development, while promoting our good standing abroad.

“In spite of the commendable progress, the Nigerian state is still beset with some existential and fundamental challenges. The boko haram for instance, having lost their insurgency campaign, now factionalised and mutated into a new form of terrorist threat.

“Armed banditry and vandalism, kidnapping, pastoralist/farmers conflicts, cultism and political violence have become the new threats. Other crimes such as proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, drug trafficking, drug and substance abuse and communal conflict, all add up to the security mix. Furthermore, the state of education, the youth bulge, unemployment, socio-political and ethno-religious divisions, fake news and hate speeches all help to quicken and compound the security challenges.

“Our government is poised to promote national security and development. We remain committed to promoting a vision of a secure, safe, just, peaceful, prosperous and strong nation. Indeed, we shall be employing all elements of our national and human resources to ensure security, a just society, peaceful co-existence, national unity, prosperity and sustainable development, while promoting our good standing abroad,” he said.

Commendation
The Nigerian leader commended the country’s Armed Forces for working hard to address issues of security in the last four years.

He therefore, called on the graduates of the College to contribute their quota towards addressing security challenges the nation is facing.

He said: “After 4 years of gruelling work, I can report the progress that we have made in tackling the security challenges, with the combined efforts of our regional coalition partners, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies, diverse government agencies, national and international development partners as well as local traditional leaders.

“We have spared no effort to rid the nation of terrorism and insurgency and resolve associated national security and humanitarian challenges. I particularly thank the Armed Forces and other security agencies for their patriotic efforts. I also thank all our development partners and foreign governments for their invaluable contributions.

“I believe that the graduands of National Defence College Course 27 are sufficiently groomed in both character and learning, to take up this challenge. All you have learnt on the Course will soon become very handy. For the Nigerians amongst you, the graduation today is a clarion call to duty in service to your country.

“The nation needs you. Your Services, Ministries, Departments and Agencies need your fresh ideas. For the allied graduands, I believe that the information revolution has globalized the essential challenges of human security. This presumes the wisdom of common and collective approaches to national and international security. In the coming years, all of you Nigerians and allied graduands will be called to account for the period of strategic training in the College and you must not fail your nations.” 

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) flanked by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, Representatives of the Speaker, Chairman House Committee on Defence Hon Jimi Benson, the Commandant National Defence College Nigeria Rear Admiral M.M. Kadiri, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Mrs. Nuratu Jimoh Batagarawa and President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan, all the Servcies Chiefs and all the Course 27 Graduants during the graduation ceremony of Course 27 of the National Defence College held in Abuja.

Regional Hub
While commending the College for excelling and making a mark beyond the shores of Nigeria, he expressed the belief that it will soon become a regional hub in conflict management, adding that government will provide the necessary support in that regard.

“I know that the Centre for Strategic Research and Studies of the College, is an ECOWAS designated Centre of Excellence for strategic level Peace Support Operations training. I am also aware of efforts to re-organise and rebrand the Centre to enable it to conduct research on contemporary issues of security and development.

“My immediate thoughts are that the Centre can truly become a regional hub and resource base for research and learning on conflict management, military studies, peace building, security and development. Government will provide the necessary support to the College to reach these national aspirations,” he said.

127 participants graduated at Friday’s event, with 17 of them as foreigners from Gabon, Togo, India, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Congo, Bagladesh, Niger, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali Benin, Nepal

Group Captain O.C. Ubadike of the Nigerian Air Force emerged as the best graduating student. He also bagged the Presidential award.

 

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