President Buhari tasks Armed Forces graduating students on counter-insurgency

Nokai Origin, Abuja.

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Nigeria's Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi inspects guard of honour at the Command and Staff College, Jaji Military Cantonment, Kaduna State.

Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari has tasked the graduating students of Course 42 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State North-West Nigeria on raising the bar of Counterinsurgency and Anti-banditry war.

The President, who was represented by the  Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi, assured the nation’s Armed Forces of continuous investments in building capacity towards tackling insecurity in various parts of the Country.

President Buhari expressed satisfaction with the grooming of the Middle-level manpower in the Military. He described their training as “Force Multiplier boost at a time when the country is combating low-Intensity Conflict occasioned by non- actors”.

President Buhari also acknowledged the exploits of the Nigerian Military in Peace Support operations at global and regional levels.

Earlier, the Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Air Vice Marshal  Abubakar Sadiq Liman admitted the grandaunts into the league of Officers who have successfully completed the Staff Course after 48 weeks of drillings to attain professional levels of competence.

He said the grandaunts, who are Colonels and it’s equivalent in other Services, are good to take up higher responsibilities in the onerous task of national defence architecture, adding that they are proficiently equipped and qualified to carry out an assigned task to accomplish  National Security  Aspirations of promoting peace and to end insurgency,  banditry and other criminalities facing the nation.

Highlights of the event were the presentation of certificates and awards to the grandaunts who distinguished themselves in learning and character including the Pen of Merit won by Sqn Leader KO Eze of NAF/3006.

The climax of the ceremony which was attended by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, Chief of Defence  Staff, General Abayomi OlonisKin, Service  Chiefs and Members of the Diplomatic Corps was the Commissioning of the Hall of Fame edifice by the representative of the Special Guest.

AFCSC is a joint Service Institution established on 29  May 1976 to train Tactical and Operational level Officers to effectively accomplish the Constitutional  Roles of The Armed Forces of Nigeria.

 

Zainab Sa’id

 

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