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  •  The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor says the Defence Headquarters is implementing several new strategies that will bring about an end to various security challenges in the country Irabor stated this while delivering a Graduation Lecture for Course 30 of the National Defence College NDC on the topic National Security and Development Strategic Options for Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja He identified the need to deepen strategic communication implement a press code for responsible Journalism and pursue proactive security measures to reduce the impact of regional dynamics in the country Irabor said there was need to encourage a Whole of Society Approach to security by deepening strategic communication to educate the populace on the fact that issues of security are a collective responsibility According to him everybody in the society ought to be a relevant stakeholder Timely information on suspicious movements of strangers in a community might be the main lead to provide the needed early warning for the relevant government agency to swing into action Accordingly we need to formulate a robust and proactive communication strategy that draws all citizens to the realisation of their roles in protecting the nation while also using the same medium to pre empt and counter narratives of the insurgents The strategy could also incorporate modalities for the reorientation and practicable re integration of surrendered insurgents into the society The National Orientation Agency NOA needs to be reinvigorated reorganised and properly funded alongside all other relevant stakeholders in the society This will encourage the populace to have renewed confidence in the government and they will be encouraged to provide relevant information to the relevant government agencies This will enhance national security and development in Nigeria he said On the press code for the media Irabor said the strategy required the development of guidelines for reporting difficult stories including stories of conflict and terrorism According to him the German Press Code for example says in reporting actual and threatened acts of violence the press should carefully weigh the public interest in information against the interest of victims and other people involved He said that media should report on such incidents in an independent and authentic way but not allow itself to be made the tool of criminals He urged the Nigerian media to emulate and domesticate the German Press Code as its guiding principle in reportage CDS said it had become imperative that Nigeria should constantly keep abreast of the security and development dynamics within her strategic neighbourhood especially in West and Central Africa To this effect we are working on upgrading the intelligence management procedures of the defence and security sector to strengthen the overall security architecture in the country In addition the thrust of our foreign policy should also be re engineered to ensure that Nigeria is actively engaged in the promotion of peace and security within our sphere of influence in West and Central Africa To this effect the Federal Government through relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs could as a matter of priority explore available bilateral and multilateral opportunities at our disposal to steer the course of security and development within the countries of interests bearing in mind the realities of the domestic base of our foreign policy he added Irabor said an overview of the plethora of security challenges bedevilling the country indicated the need to consider a review of the strategic approach towards addressing them He said the appraisal of the current security architecture revealed concerns with respect to limited divergent approach to tackling the emerging threats ineffective media management as well as regional security dynamics The Commandant of NDC Rear Adm Murtala Bashir said it was the tradition of the college to organise a graduation lecture to commemorate the graduation ceremony of each course Bashir said that Nigeria had faced and still facing several security challenges such as terrorism banditry militancy secessionist agitation kidnapping amongst others in recent times He said the security challenges were aided in very large measure by illicit arms proliferation and the emergence of cult groupings that engage in banditry kidnapping political violence and other mafia style violent activities The situation he said had impacted negatively on the development in the country with attendant implications for national security adding that Nigeria currently ranks low in the global rating of Human Development Index The commandant said there was need to think out of the box and develop strategies that would enhance security and national development He urged the participants of Course 30 to begin to realise that success could only come from carefully cultivated attitudes commitments and management processes that accrue slowly and steadily Imbibing these attributes could therefore see you contributing positively to the development of the country It is not too late for us to begin to build these attributes to move our society forward So I urge you to listen carefully to the lecture and thereafter self reflect on how you your service or your organization can better contribute to society particularly on the issues surrounding security and development he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the graduation lecture is one of the activities lined up for graduation of NDC s 30th set of graduates as well as its 30th anniversary celebration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military implementing new strategies to end insecurity – Irabor
     The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor says the Defence Headquarters is implementing several new strategies that will bring about an end to various security challenges in the country Irabor stated this while delivering a Graduation Lecture for Course 30 of the National Defence College NDC on the topic National Security and Development Strategic Options for Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja He identified the need to deepen strategic communication implement a press code for responsible Journalism and pursue proactive security measures to reduce the impact of regional dynamics in the country Irabor said there was need to encourage a Whole of Society Approach to security by deepening strategic communication to educate the populace on the fact that issues of security are a collective responsibility According to him everybody in the society ought to be a relevant stakeholder Timely information on suspicious movements of strangers in a community might be the main lead to provide the needed early warning for the relevant government agency to swing into action Accordingly we need to formulate a robust and proactive communication strategy that draws all citizens to the realisation of their roles in protecting the nation while also using the same medium to pre empt and counter narratives of the insurgents The strategy could also incorporate modalities for the reorientation and practicable re integration of surrendered insurgents into the society The National Orientation Agency NOA needs to be reinvigorated reorganised and properly funded alongside all other relevant stakeholders in the society This will encourage the populace to have renewed confidence in the government and they will be encouraged to provide relevant information to the relevant government agencies This will enhance national security and development in Nigeria he said On the press code for the media Irabor said the strategy required the development of guidelines for reporting difficult stories including stories of conflict and terrorism According to him the German Press Code for example says in reporting actual and threatened acts of violence the press should carefully weigh the public interest in information against the interest of victims and other people involved He said that media should report on such incidents in an independent and authentic way but not allow itself to be made the tool of criminals He urged the Nigerian media to emulate and domesticate the German Press Code as its guiding principle in reportage CDS said it had become imperative that Nigeria should constantly keep abreast of the security and development dynamics within her strategic neighbourhood especially in West and Central Africa To this effect we are working on upgrading the intelligence management procedures of the defence and security sector to strengthen the overall security architecture in the country In addition the thrust of our foreign policy should also be re engineered to ensure that Nigeria is actively engaged in the promotion of peace and security within our sphere of influence in West and Central Africa To this effect the Federal Government through relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs could as a matter of priority explore available bilateral and multilateral opportunities at our disposal to steer the course of security and development within the countries of interests bearing in mind the realities of the domestic base of our foreign policy he added Irabor said an overview of the plethora of security challenges bedevilling the country indicated the need to consider a review of the strategic approach towards addressing them He said the appraisal of the current security architecture revealed concerns with respect to limited divergent approach to tackling the emerging threats ineffective media management as well as regional security dynamics The Commandant of NDC Rear Adm Murtala Bashir said it was the tradition of the college to organise a graduation lecture to commemorate the graduation ceremony of each course Bashir said that Nigeria had faced and still facing several security challenges such as terrorism banditry militancy secessionist agitation kidnapping amongst others in recent times He said the security challenges were aided in very large measure by illicit arms proliferation and the emergence of cult groupings that engage in banditry kidnapping political violence and other mafia style violent activities The situation he said had impacted negatively on the development in the country with attendant implications for national security adding that Nigeria currently ranks low in the global rating of Human Development Index The commandant said there was need to think out of the box and develop strategies that would enhance security and national development He urged the participants of Course 30 to begin to realise that success could only come from carefully cultivated attitudes commitments and management processes that accrue slowly and steadily Imbibing these attributes could therefore see you contributing positively to the development of the country It is not too late for us to begin to build these attributes to move our society forward So I urge you to listen carefully to the lecture and thereafter self reflect on how you your service or your organization can better contribute to society particularly on the issues surrounding security and development he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the graduation lecture is one of the activities lined up for graduation of NDC s 30th set of graduates as well as its 30th anniversary celebration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military implementing new strategies to end insecurity – Irabor
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Military implementing new strategies to end insecurity – Irabor

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, says the Defence Headquarters is implementing several new strategies that will bring about an end to various security challenges in the country.

    Irabor stated this while delivering a Graduation Lecture for Course 30 of the National Defence College (NDC) on the topic “National Security and Development: Strategic Options for Nigeria’’ on Wednesday in Abuja.

    He identified the need to deepen strategic communication, implement a press code for responsible Journalism and pursue proactive security measures to reduce the impact of regional dynamics in the country.

    Irabor said there was need to encourage a Whole-of-Society Approach to security by deepening strategic communication to educate the populace on the fact that issues of security are a collective responsibility.

    According to him, everybody in the society ought to be a relevant stakeholder.

    “Timely information on suspicious movements of strangers in a community might be the main lead to provide the needed early warning for the relevant government agency to swing into action.

    “Accordingly, we need to formulate a robust and proactive communication strategy that draws all citizens to the realisation of their roles in protecting the nation while also using the same medium to pre-empt and counter narratives of the insurgents.

    “The strategy could also incorporate modalities for the reorientation and practicable re-integration of surrendered insurgents into the society.

    “The National Orientation Agency (NOA) needs to be reinvigorated, reorganised and properly funded alongside all other relevant stakeholders in the society.

    “This will encourage the populace to have renewed confidence in the government and they will be encouraged to provide relevant information to the relevant government agencies.

    “This will enhance national security and development in Nigeria,’’ he said.

    On the press code for the media, Irabor said the strategy required the development of guidelines for reporting difficult stories including stories of conflict and terrorism.

    According to him, the German Press Code for example, says in reporting actual and threatened acts of violence, the press should carefully weigh the public interest in information against the interest of victims and other people involved.

    He said that media should report on such incidents in an independent and authentic way, but not allow itself to be made the tool of criminals.

    He urged the Nigerian media to emulate and domesticate the German Press Code as its guiding principle in reportage.

    CDS said it had become imperative that Nigeria should constantly keep abreast of the security and development dynamics within her strategic neighbourhood especially in West and Central Africa.

    “To this effect, we are working on upgrading the intelligence management procedures of the defence and security sector to strengthen the overall security architecture in the country.

    “In addition, the thrust of our foreign policy should also be re-engineered to ensure that Nigeria is actively engaged in the promotion of peace and security within our sphere of influence in West and Central Africa.

    “To this effect, the Federal Government through relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), could as a matter of priority, explore available bilateral and multilateral opportunities at our disposal to steer the course of security and development within the countries of interests bearing in mind the realities of the domestic base of our foreign policy,’’ he added.

    Irabor said an overview of the plethora of security challenges bedevilling the country indicated the need to consider a review of the strategic approach towards addressing them.

    He said the appraisal of the current security architecture revealed concerns with respect to limited divergent approach to tackling the emerging threats, ineffective media management as well as regional security dynamics.

    The Commandant of NDC, Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir, said it was the tradition of the college to organise a graduation lecture to commemorate the graduation ceremony of each course.

    Bashir said that Nigeria had faced and still facing several security challenges such as terrorism, banditry, militancy secessionist agitation, kidnapping amongst others in recent times.

    He said the security challenges were aided in very large measure by illicit arms proliferation and the emergence of cult groupings that engage in banditry, kidnapping, political violence and other mafia-style violent activities.

    The situation, he said had impacted negatively on the development in the country with attendant implications for national security, adding that Nigeria currently ranks low in the global rating of Human Development Index.

    The commandant said there was need to think out of the box and develop strategies that would enhance security and national development.

    He urged the participants of Course 30 to begin to realise that success could only come from carefully cultivated attitudes, commitments and management processes that accrue slowly and steadily.

    “Imbibing these attributes, could therefore see you contributing positively to the development of the country.

    “It is not too late for us to begin to build these attributes to move our society forward.

    “So, I urge you to listen carefully to the lecture and thereafter, self-reflect on how you, your service or your organization can better contribute to society, particularly on the issues surrounding security and development,’’ he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the graduation lecture is one of the activities lined up for graduation of NDC’s 30th set of graduates as well as its 30th anniversary celebration.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor has reiterated the commitment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in tackling the prevailing security challenges bedeviling the country Irabor gave the assurance at the 40th Anniversary Night of the 32 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA on Saturday in Abuja He commended the members of 32 Regular Course Alumni Association for their services to the nation while in service and after retirement The CDS said that the armed forces still need their advice and suggestions to redress the security situation in the ccountry Please keep in mind that you have a part to play and we will be ready to support you in ensuring that whatever information and advice you give to us is put to good use Irabor assured He urged the retired senior officers to also help educate citizens on the need to support the military as they strive to ensure peace and stability in the country They should know what contributions they need to give to members of the armed forces the police and security agencies across the country The responsibility of securing the nation lies with everyone of us It is only when information or intelligence is provided regarding those who are living amongst us but are more of a problem to us that potent action can be taken Irabor said The CDS said the retired officers should not relent in the good work they were doing to the country particularly the military I would like to assure us that the armed forces will not disappoint you and the situation that we find ourselves will be reversed to the good of the nation Everyone of us will be secured everyone of our properties will be secured and I thought that it s necessary to bring that reassurance this evening When the heat is on it s only an indication that an end has come We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that we redress the insecurity in the country he said Irabor also commended members of the association for their continuous support to widows of their colleagues who paid the supreme price while serving the nation He assured them that the armed forces would also continue to support the families of all fallen heroes The outgoing president of the 32nd RC retired Maj Gen Iliya Abbah said the 40th anniversary celebration was to celebrate members and some of their trainers Abbah said they were still willing to offer services to the nation even in retirement adding that they will continue to offer necessary advice to address the security challenges facing the nation He appreciated God for keeping them alive and healthy as well as prayed for the repose of their departed colleagues Abbah said that the association has continued to take care of the families of their departed colleagues to the best of their ability The new president of the association retired Rear Adm Apochi Suleiman said the anniversary celebration provided them the opportunity to interact and reminisce on their days at the academy as cadets and their time in service Suleiman promised to build on the legacy of his predecessors in ensuring adequate welfare of members and families of their deceased colleaugues He also expressed their readiness to continue to serve the nation even in retirement The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 32nd RC 40th anniversary celebration started on Friday with Annual General Meeting where the new executives were elected They also marked the anniversary with a Special Golf Kitty at the TY Buratai Golf and Country Club on Saturday while their wives visited some orphanages for humanitarian activities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military committed to securing Nigeria – CDS
     The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor has reiterated the commitment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in tackling the prevailing security challenges bedeviling the country Irabor gave the assurance at the 40th Anniversary Night of the 32 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA on Saturday in Abuja He commended the members of 32 Regular Course Alumni Association for their services to the nation while in service and after retirement The CDS said that the armed forces still need their advice and suggestions to redress the security situation in the ccountry Please keep in mind that you have a part to play and we will be ready to support you in ensuring that whatever information and advice you give to us is put to good use Irabor assured He urged the retired senior officers to also help educate citizens on the need to support the military as they strive to ensure peace and stability in the country They should know what contributions they need to give to members of the armed forces the police and security agencies across the country The responsibility of securing the nation lies with everyone of us It is only when information or intelligence is provided regarding those who are living amongst us but are more of a problem to us that potent action can be taken Irabor said The CDS said the retired officers should not relent in the good work they were doing to the country particularly the military I would like to assure us that the armed forces will not disappoint you and the situation that we find ourselves will be reversed to the good of the nation Everyone of us will be secured everyone of our properties will be secured and I thought that it s necessary to bring that reassurance this evening When the heat is on it s only an indication that an end has come We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that we redress the insecurity in the country he said Irabor also commended members of the association for their continuous support to widows of their colleagues who paid the supreme price while serving the nation He assured them that the armed forces would also continue to support the families of all fallen heroes The outgoing president of the 32nd RC retired Maj Gen Iliya Abbah said the 40th anniversary celebration was to celebrate members and some of their trainers Abbah said they were still willing to offer services to the nation even in retirement adding that they will continue to offer necessary advice to address the security challenges facing the nation He appreciated God for keeping them alive and healthy as well as prayed for the repose of their departed colleagues Abbah said that the association has continued to take care of the families of their departed colleagues to the best of their ability The new president of the association retired Rear Adm Apochi Suleiman said the anniversary celebration provided them the opportunity to interact and reminisce on their days at the academy as cadets and their time in service Suleiman promised to build on the legacy of his predecessors in ensuring adequate welfare of members and families of their deceased colleaugues He also expressed their readiness to continue to serve the nation even in retirement The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 32nd RC 40th anniversary celebration started on Friday with Annual General Meeting where the new executives were elected They also marked the anniversary with a Special Golf Kitty at the TY Buratai Golf and Country Club on Saturday while their wives visited some orphanages for humanitarian activities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military committed to securing Nigeria – CDS
    Defence/Security5 months ago

    Military committed to securing Nigeria – CDS

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen.

    Lucky Irabor, has reiterated the commitment of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in tackling the prevailing security challenges bedeviling the country.

    Irabor gave the assurance at the 40th Anniversary Night of the 32 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), on Saturday in Abuja.

    He commended the members of 32 Regular Course Alumni Association for their services to the nation while in service and after retirement.

    The CDS said that the armed forces still need their advice and suggestions to redress the security situation in the ccountry.

    “Please keep in mind that you have a part to play and we will be ready to support you in ensuring that whatever information and advice you give to us is put to good use,” Irabor assured.

    He urged the retired senior officers to also help educate citizens on the need to support the military as they strive to ensure peace and stability in the country.

    “They should know what contributions they need to give to members of the armed forces, the police and security agencies across the country.

    “The responsibility of securing the nation lies with everyone of us.

    “It is only when information or intelligence is provided regarding those who are living amongst us, but are more of a problem to us, that potent action can be taken,” Irabor said.

    The CDS said the retired officers should not relent in the good work they were doing to the country,  particularly the military.

    “I would like to assure us that the armed forces will not disappoint you and the situation that we find ourselves will be reversed to the good of the nation.

    “Everyone of us will be secured; everyone of our properties will be secured and I thought that it’s necessary to bring that reassurance this evening.

    “When the heat is on, it’s only an indication that an end has come.

    We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that we redress the insecurity in the country,” he said.

    Irabor also commended members of the association for their continuous support to widows of their colleagues who paid the supreme price while serving the nation.

    He assured them that the armed forces would also continue to support the families of all fallen heroes.

    The outgoing president of the 32nd RC, retired Maj.-Gen.

    Iliya Abbah, said the  40th anniversary  celebration was to celebrate members and some of their trainers.

    Abbah said they were still willing to offer services to the nation even in retirement, adding that they will continue to offer necessary advice to address the security challenges facing the nation.

    He appreciated God for keeping them alive and healthy as well as prayed for the repose of their departed colleagues.

    Abbah said that the association has continued to take care of the families of their departed colleagues to the best of their ability.

    The new president of the association, retired Rear Adm.

    Apochi Suleiman, said the anniversary celebration provided them the opportunity to interact and reminisce on their days at the academy as cadets and their time in service.

    Suleiman promised to build on the legacy of his predecessors in ensuring adequate welfare of members and families of their deceased colleaugues.

    He also expressed their readiness to continue to serve the nation even in retirement.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 32nd RC 40th anniversary celebration started on Friday with Annual General Meeting where the new executives were elected.

    They also marked the anniversary with a Special Golf Kitty at the TY Buratai Golf and Country Club on Saturday while their wives visited some orphanages for humanitarian activities.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Unity Advocacy Group UAG a non partisan group has urged Nigerians to support the Nigerian Army s position that it is not right for citizens to carry arms for self defence The Convener of UAG Mr Ifeanyi Aigbedion made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja The Zamfara state government had in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information Ibrahim Dosara on Saturday directed residents to arm themselves against bandits The directive was however faulted by the Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor on Monday According to Irabor the call is not right as the armed forces and other security agencies are combat ready to handle the security challenges Aigbedion said the CDS and the military were very much aware of the dangerous consequences of allowing citizens to bear arms He said that allowing citizens to carry arms would also affect the success of the 2023 general elections saying politicians would use the opportunity to arm thugs According to him people may not be aware of the dangers associated with allowing the citizens to bear arms The armed forces of Nigeria are privileged to have all information and we should allow them sort out the security challenges Allowing people to start carrying arms may likely deepen the security challenges and take it to uncontrollable levels The Nigerian military has so far shown capacity in dealing with the security challenges Politicians should not be allowed to compound the situation he said Aigbedion also agreed with the position of some lawyers in the country who described the directive by Zamfara state government as unlawful NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Call to arm in Zamfara: Group supports military’s position against move
     Unity Advocacy Group UAG a non partisan group has urged Nigerians to support the Nigerian Army s position that it is not right for citizens to carry arms for self defence The Convener of UAG Mr Ifeanyi Aigbedion made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja The Zamfara state government had in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information Ibrahim Dosara on Saturday directed residents to arm themselves against bandits The directive was however faulted by the Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor on Monday According to Irabor the call is not right as the armed forces and other security agencies are combat ready to handle the security challenges Aigbedion said the CDS and the military were very much aware of the dangerous consequences of allowing citizens to bear arms He said that allowing citizens to carry arms would also affect the success of the 2023 general elections saying politicians would use the opportunity to arm thugs According to him people may not be aware of the dangers associated with allowing the citizens to bear arms The armed forces of Nigeria are privileged to have all information and we should allow them sort out the security challenges Allowing people to start carrying arms may likely deepen the security challenges and take it to uncontrollable levels The Nigerian military has so far shown capacity in dealing with the security challenges Politicians should not be allowed to compound the situation he said Aigbedion also agreed with the position of some lawyers in the country who described the directive by Zamfara state government as unlawful NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Call to arm in Zamfara: Group supports military’s position against move
    Defence/Security5 months ago

    Call to arm in Zamfara: Group supports military’s position against move

    Unity Advocacy Group (UAG), a non-partisan group has urged Nigerians to support the Nigerian Army’s position that it is not right for citizens to carry arms for self defence.

    The Convener of UAG, Mr Ifeanyi Aigbedion made the call in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

    The Zamfara state government had in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara, on Saturday directed residents to arm themselves against bandits.

    The directive was, however, faulted by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor on Monday.

    According to Irabor, the call is not right as the armed forces and other security agencies are combat ready to handle the security challenges.

    Aigbedion said the CDS and the military were very much aware of the dangerous consequences of allowing citizens to bear arms.

    He said that allowing citizens to carry arms would also affect the success of the 2023 general elections, saying politicians would use the opportunity to arm thugs.

    According to him, people may not be aware of the dangers associated with allowing the citizens to bear arms.

    “The armed forces of Nigeria are privileged to have all information and we should allow them sort out the security challenges.

    “Allowing people to start carrying arms may likely deepen the security challenges and take it to uncontrollable levels.

    “The Nigerian military has so far shown capacity in dealing with the security challenges. Politicians should not be allowed to compound the situation,” he said.

    Aigbedion also agreed with the position of some lawyers in the country who described the directive by Zamfara state government as unlawful.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The maiden joint exercise for National Defence College and War Colleges in the country on national security strategy commenced on Monday in Abuja The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor declared open the event Code named Exercise Grand Nationale Irabor said scholars had described the current security environment as volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous hence the need for both strategic and operational level engagement According to him the exercise is organised to see how best to address the challenges It is a global problem of which Nigeria is a part because the environment is such that is volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous So these problems and future ones to come are what this exercise is intended to address So that the officers or the individuals who will be charged with these responsibilities will be able to know what to do and where the cross cutting concentrations will be That is exactly what this exercise stands for he said The Commandant NDC Rear Adm Murtala Bashir said the exercise was a significant milestone in the life of the colleges and the Nigerian armed forces at large Bashir said the security challenges facing the country were constantly evolving as such addressing it required seamless joint operation to keep pace with the evolution of those threats He said it was in such light that training institutions must continually be forward thinking and innovative in the execution of training mandates He said that the Exercise Grand Nationale was originally designed to provide participants with relevant exposure and skills to articulate national security interests It was also for them to consider power attributes and valued preferences when making strategic defence plans and review of security and defence policies He added that the exercise would give the NDC and the services war colleges the opportunity to synchronize their activities at strategic and operational levels of command Bashir expressed optimism that the joint training would boost cooperation and interoperability between the operational and strategic levels of military operations He added that the joint exercise would enhance the capability of the participants to operate across the full spectrum of joint military operations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Defence, war colleges hold joint exercise on national security strategy
     The maiden joint exercise for National Defence College and War Colleges in the country on national security strategy commenced on Monday in Abuja The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor declared open the event Code named Exercise Grand Nationale Irabor said scholars had described the current security environment as volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous hence the need for both strategic and operational level engagement According to him the exercise is organised to see how best to address the challenges It is a global problem of which Nigeria is a part because the environment is such that is volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous So these problems and future ones to come are what this exercise is intended to address So that the officers or the individuals who will be charged with these responsibilities will be able to know what to do and where the cross cutting concentrations will be That is exactly what this exercise stands for he said The Commandant NDC Rear Adm Murtala Bashir said the exercise was a significant milestone in the life of the colleges and the Nigerian armed forces at large Bashir said the security challenges facing the country were constantly evolving as such addressing it required seamless joint operation to keep pace with the evolution of those threats He said it was in such light that training institutions must continually be forward thinking and innovative in the execution of training mandates He said that the Exercise Grand Nationale was originally designed to provide participants with relevant exposure and skills to articulate national security interests It was also for them to consider power attributes and valued preferences when making strategic defence plans and review of security and defence policies He added that the exercise would give the NDC and the services war colleges the opportunity to synchronize their activities at strategic and operational levels of command Bashir expressed optimism that the joint training would boost cooperation and interoperability between the operational and strategic levels of military operations He added that the joint exercise would enhance the capability of the participants to operate across the full spectrum of joint military operations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Defence, war colleges hold joint exercise on national security strategy
    Defence/Security5 months ago

    Defence, war colleges hold joint exercise on national security strategy

    The maiden joint exercise for National Defence College and War Colleges in the country on national security strategy commenced on Monday, in Abuja.

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, declared open the event Code named “Exercise Grand Nationale”.

    Irabor said scholars had described the current security environment as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, hence the need for both strategic and operational level engagement.

    According to him, the exercise is organised to see how best to address the challenges.

    “It is a global problem of which Nigeria is a part, because the environment is such that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

    “So, these problems and future ones to come are what this exercise is intended to address.

    “So that the officers or the individuals who will be charged with these responsibilities will be able to know what to do and where the cross cutting concentrations will be.

    “That is exactly what this exercise stands for,” he said.

    The Commandant, NDC, Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir, said the exercise was a significant milestone in the life of the colleges and the Nigerian armed forces at large.

    Bashir said the security challenges facing the country were constantly evolving as such addressing it required seamless joint operation to keep pace with the evolution of those threats.

    He said it was in such light that training institutions must continually be forward thinking and innovative in the execution of training mandates.

    He said that the Exercise Grand Nationale was originally designed to provide participants with relevant exposure and skills to articulate national security interests.

    It was also for them to consider power attributes and valued preferences when making strategic defence plans, and review of security and defence policies.

    He added that the exercise would give the NDC and the services war colleges the opportunity to synchronize their activities at strategic and operational levels of command.

    Bashir expressed optimism that the joint training would boost cooperation and interoperability between the operational and strategic levels of military operations.

    He added that the joint exercise would enhance the capability of the participants to operate across the full spectrum of joint military operations.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   2023 Nigerian Military and protection of democracy 2023 Nigerian Military and protection of democracy By Sumaila Ogbaje News Agency of Nigeria It s no longer news that Nigeria experienced long history of military rule during which members of Nigerian Armed Forces twice truncated democratically elected governments The first was in 1966 and the second in 1983 The military presided over the affairs of Nigeria for a cumulative period of 29 years Experts have viewed military government as an antithesis to democratic governance as the country s constitution is often suspended to give way for decrees as seen in Nigeria when the military took over These periods were viewed as the era of military intervention in Nigerian politics where the centre was governed by military Head of State and the states by Military Administrators Nigeria will be heading for election in February 2023 which will make it 24 years of unhindered democratic governance since the end of the military regime in 1999 This is a huge step towards consolidating democracy in the country in spite of the challenges being encountered within the period arising from bad governance by elected officials poverty insecurity among others Recent military coups in some African countries had sparked fears in Nigeria owing to numerous challenges bedeviling the nation They include over a decade of insecurity ranging from terrorism and insurgency in the North East banditry in the North West and North Central as well as secessionist agitation in the South East and South West In spite of these obvious threats the Armed Forces of Nigeria has continued to demonstrate unalloyed loyalty to the nation providing support to civil authorities in the protection and defence of Nigeria The military has also come out at different times to reaffirm its commitment to protecting democracy and civil rule in the country warning that it will deal decisively with any personnel found engaging in any act of disobedience to democratic order In the words of a former Commander of United States Central Command Gen Joseph Votel an apolitical military was essential to maintaining balance among all institutions in a country as the military often confront threats of active pandemic civil unrest and economic crisis Votel said that resolving these crises would require coordinated efforts involving the federal government and state governments the military press business communities and academia According to him although the military is an entity within the executive branch its place within the constitutional order requires special consideration and respect to secure the intentions of the nation s forefathers The four star general posited that the U S military had at one time or the other came under intense scrutiny but had managed to maintain the esteem of the people it served For our democratic system to work civilian leadership must have trust and confidence in the military and its leaders without concerns of partisanship Like those civilian leaders every person who joins a military branch both enlisted members and officers takes an oath to support and defend the constitution According to him that shared loyalty to the constitution should give elected leaders the confidence that the military and its leaders are serving the common good It therefore behooves that elected leaders would always want prudent military advice that is free of political bias he said Before and after the 2015 general elections in Nigeria there were accusations and counter accusations about involvement of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army in the various elections which the military hierarchy took decisive measures to address Before the 2019 elections the then Chief of Army Staff retired Lt Gen Tukur Buratai set up of a Special Standing Court Martial to try any partisan personnel during the general elections Buratai had warned that any Nigerian Army personnel found hobnobbing with politicians or being partisan will be investigated and sent to the Special Standing Court Martial He added that any officer or soldier who wishes to be sympathetic to political religious or ethnic cause should voluntarily retire from the Nigerian Army So as the 2023 general elections draw near the current military hierarchy has also drummed its determination to ensure smooth and safe conduct of all elections come 2023 across the country During the just concluded Chief of Army Staff COAS Second Quarter Conference in Abuja the Army Chief Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya ordered for a review of Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct ahead of the general elections Yahaya directed all personnel of the Nigerian Army to remain apolitical while providing enabling and secured environment for electoral processes to thrive assuring that the army would continue to enhance civil military relations and provide necessary support in aid of civil authority He said that the Nigerian Army must continue to discharge its constitutional roles in support of the civil authority without compromise Accordingly commanders are reminded that as the 2023 General Elections approaches troops under their command must remain apolitical and operate professionally They must continuously review their contingency plans for the provision of security support through an effective mechanism of cooperation with other security stakeholders As earlier highlighted during my opening remarks the reviewed Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct for Operation Safe Conduct guiding troops during the upcoming 2023 General Elections will be distributed in earnest I therefore urge you to thoroughly sensitise troops on their contents and implore them to operate in accordance with extant provisions throughout the period he said Also the Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor reiterated the commitment of the armed forces to supporting and protecting democratic governance and institutions to effectively discharge their constitutional responsibilities Irabor while addressing newsmen recently warned politicians and their supporters who are planning to cause trouble during the 2023 general elections to desist saying the military would not stand by and watch anyone cause trouble before during and after the elections He said that though it was obvious that some individuals were not desirous of peaceful elections the armed forces would give necessary support to the civil authority to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections According to him the military will ensure a peaceful period during the upcoming elections so that everyone will have a country to be proud of The CDS also advised those desirous of getting political positions and appointments after elections to conduct themselves peacefully Anyone who is looking forward to be elected must do it within the ambit of the provisions of the law because we will not in any way stand aside and see those who perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political office or appointive offices Nigeria remains a nation that must live in peace desire to live in peace and Nigerians deserve to live in peace And so we will not allow criminals among those or if you like thugs that might have made themselves available for anyone to use We are working very closely with the police and we stand ready to give them all the support that is necessary because going forward Nigeria must be peaceful and that is what we are looking forward to he said Indeed Nigerians are looking forward for peaceful elections and happily the Nigerian Army has pledged unalloyed loyalty to sustain and deepen democracy NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Nigerian Military and protection of democracy
      2023 Nigerian Military and protection of democracy 2023 Nigerian Military and protection of democracy By Sumaila Ogbaje News Agency of Nigeria It s no longer news that Nigeria experienced long history of military rule during which members of Nigerian Armed Forces twice truncated democratically elected governments The first was in 1966 and the second in 1983 The military presided over the affairs of Nigeria for a cumulative period of 29 years Experts have viewed military government as an antithesis to democratic governance as the country s constitution is often suspended to give way for decrees as seen in Nigeria when the military took over These periods were viewed as the era of military intervention in Nigerian politics where the centre was governed by military Head of State and the states by Military Administrators Nigeria will be heading for election in February 2023 which will make it 24 years of unhindered democratic governance since the end of the military regime in 1999 This is a huge step towards consolidating democracy in the country in spite of the challenges being encountered within the period arising from bad governance by elected officials poverty insecurity among others Recent military coups in some African countries had sparked fears in Nigeria owing to numerous challenges bedeviling the nation They include over a decade of insecurity ranging from terrorism and insurgency in the North East banditry in the North West and North Central as well as secessionist agitation in the South East and South West In spite of these obvious threats the Armed Forces of Nigeria has continued to demonstrate unalloyed loyalty to the nation providing support to civil authorities in the protection and defence of Nigeria The military has also come out at different times to reaffirm its commitment to protecting democracy and civil rule in the country warning that it will deal decisively with any personnel found engaging in any act of disobedience to democratic order In the words of a former Commander of United States Central Command Gen Joseph Votel an apolitical military was essential to maintaining balance among all institutions in a country as the military often confront threats of active pandemic civil unrest and economic crisis Votel said that resolving these crises would require coordinated efforts involving the federal government and state governments the military press business communities and academia According to him although the military is an entity within the executive branch its place within the constitutional order requires special consideration and respect to secure the intentions of the nation s forefathers The four star general posited that the U S military had at one time or the other came under intense scrutiny but had managed to maintain the esteem of the people it served For our democratic system to work civilian leadership must have trust and confidence in the military and its leaders without concerns of partisanship Like those civilian leaders every person who joins a military branch both enlisted members and officers takes an oath to support and defend the constitution According to him that shared loyalty to the constitution should give elected leaders the confidence that the military and its leaders are serving the common good It therefore behooves that elected leaders would always want prudent military advice that is free of political bias he said Before and after the 2015 general elections in Nigeria there were accusations and counter accusations about involvement of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army in the various elections which the military hierarchy took decisive measures to address Before the 2019 elections the then Chief of Army Staff retired Lt Gen Tukur Buratai set up of a Special Standing Court Martial to try any partisan personnel during the general elections Buratai had warned that any Nigerian Army personnel found hobnobbing with politicians or being partisan will be investigated and sent to the Special Standing Court Martial He added that any officer or soldier who wishes to be sympathetic to political religious or ethnic cause should voluntarily retire from the Nigerian Army So as the 2023 general elections draw near the current military hierarchy has also drummed its determination to ensure smooth and safe conduct of all elections come 2023 across the country During the just concluded Chief of Army Staff COAS Second Quarter Conference in Abuja the Army Chief Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya ordered for a review of Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct ahead of the general elections Yahaya directed all personnel of the Nigerian Army to remain apolitical while providing enabling and secured environment for electoral processes to thrive assuring that the army would continue to enhance civil military relations and provide necessary support in aid of civil authority He said that the Nigerian Army must continue to discharge its constitutional roles in support of the civil authority without compromise Accordingly commanders are reminded that as the 2023 General Elections approaches troops under their command must remain apolitical and operate professionally They must continuously review their contingency plans for the provision of security support through an effective mechanism of cooperation with other security stakeholders As earlier highlighted during my opening remarks the reviewed Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct for Operation Safe Conduct guiding troops during the upcoming 2023 General Elections will be distributed in earnest I therefore urge you to thoroughly sensitise troops on their contents and implore them to operate in accordance with extant provisions throughout the period he said Also the Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor reiterated the commitment of the armed forces to supporting and protecting democratic governance and institutions to effectively discharge their constitutional responsibilities Irabor while addressing newsmen recently warned politicians and their supporters who are planning to cause trouble during the 2023 general elections to desist saying the military would not stand by and watch anyone cause trouble before during and after the elections He said that though it was obvious that some individuals were not desirous of peaceful elections the armed forces would give necessary support to the civil authority to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections According to him the military will ensure a peaceful period during the upcoming elections so that everyone will have a country to be proud of The CDS also advised those desirous of getting political positions and appointments after elections to conduct themselves peacefully Anyone who is looking forward to be elected must do it within the ambit of the provisions of the law because we will not in any way stand aside and see those who perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political office or appointive offices Nigeria remains a nation that must live in peace desire to live in peace and Nigerians deserve to live in peace And so we will not allow criminals among those or if you like thugs that might have made themselves available for anyone to use We are working very closely with the police and we stand ready to give them all the support that is necessary because going forward Nigeria must be peaceful and that is what we are looking forward to he said Indeed Nigerians are looking forward for peaceful elections and happily the Nigerian Army has pledged unalloyed loyalty to sustain and deepen democracy NANFeatures If used please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Nigerian Military and protection of democracy
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    2023: Nigerian Military and protection of democracy

    2023: Nigerian Military and protection of democracy

    2023: Nigerian Military and protection of democracy

    By Sumaila Ogbaje, News Agency of Nigeria

    It’s no longer news that Nigeria experienced long history of military rule, during which members of Nigerian Armed Forces twice truncated democratically elected governments. The first was in 1966, and the second in 1983.  The military presided over the affairs of Nigeria for a cumulative period of 29 years.

    Experts have viewed military government as an antithesis to democratic governance, as the country’s constitution is often suspended to give way for decrees as seen in Nigeria when the military took over.

    These periods were viewed as the era of military intervention in Nigerian politics, where the centre was governed by military Head of State and the states by Military Administrators.

    Nigeria will be heading for election in February 2023, which will make it 24 years of unhindered democratic governance since the end of the military regime in 1999.
    This is a huge step towards consolidating democracy in the country, in spite of the challenges being encountered within the period arising from bad governance by elected officials, poverty, insecurity, among others.

    Recent military coups in some African countries had sparked fears in Nigeria owing to numerous challenges bedeviling the nation.

    They include over a decade of insecurity, ranging from terrorism and insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North- West and North-Central as well as secessionist agitation in the South-East and South-West.

    In spite of these obvious threats, the Armed Forces of Nigeria has continued to demonstrate unalloyed loyalty to the nation, providing support to civil authorities in the protection and defence of Nigeria.

    The military has also come out at different times to reaffirm its commitment to protecting democracy and civil rule in the country, warning that it will deal decisively with any personnel found engaging in any act of disobedience to democratic order.

    In the words of a former Commander of United States Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, an apolitical military was essential to maintaining balance among all institutions in a country, as the military often confront threats of active pandemic, civil unrest and economic crisis.

    Votel said that resolving these crises would require coordinated efforts involving the federal government and state governments, the military, press, business communities and academia.

    According to him, although, the military is an entity within the executive branch, its place within the constitutional order requires special consideration and respect to secure the intentions of the nation’s forefathers.

    The four-star general posited that the U.S. military had at one time or the other came under intense scrutiny, but had managed to maintain the esteem of the people it served.

    “For our democratic system to work, civilian leadership must have trust and confidence in the military and its leaders, without concerns of partisanship. Like those civilian leaders, every person who joins a military branch, both enlisted members and officers, takes an oath “to support and defend the constitution.”

    According to him, that shared loyalty to the constitution should give elected leaders the confidence that the military and its leaders are serving the common good.

    “It therefore behooves that elected leaders would always want prudent military advice that is free of political bias,’’ he said.

    Before and after the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, there were accusations and counter accusations about involvement of some senior officers of the Nigerian Army in the various elections, which the military hierarchy took decisive measures to address.

    Before the 2019 elections, the then Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, set up of a “Special Standing Court Martial’’ to try any partisan personnel during the general elections.

    Buratai had warned that any Nigerian Army personnel found hobnobbing with politicians or being partisan will be investigated and sent to the Special Standing Court Martial.

    He added that any officer or soldier who wishes to be sympathetic to political, religious or ethnic cause should voluntarily retire from the Nigerian Army.

    So, as the 2023 general elections draw near, the current military hierarchy has also drummed its determination to ensure smooth and safe conduct of all elections come 2023 across the country.

    During the just concluded Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Second Quarter Conference in Abuja, the Army Chief, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, ordered for a review of Nigerian Army Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct ahead of the general elections.

    Yahaya directed all personnel of the Nigerian Army to remain apolitical while providing enabling and secured environment for electoral processes to thrive, assuring that the army would continue to enhance civil-military relations and provide necessary support in aid of civil authority.

    He said that the Nigerian Army must continue to discharge its constitutional roles in support of the civil authority without compromise.

    “Accordingly, commanders are reminded that as the 2023 General Elections approaches, troops under their command must remain apolitical and operate professionally.

    “They must continuously review their contingency plans for the provision of security support through an effective mechanism of cooperation with other security stakeholders.

    “As earlier highlighted during my opening remarks, the reviewed Rules of Engagement and Code of Conduct for Operation Safe Conduct guiding troops during the upcoming 2023 General Elections will be distributed in earnest.

    “I therefore urge you to thoroughly sensitise troops on their contents and implore them to operate in accordance with extant provisions throughout the period,’’ he said.

    Also, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, reiterated the commitment of the armed forces to supporting and protecting democratic governance and institutions to effectively discharge their constitutional responsibilities.

    Irabor, while addressing newsmen recently, warned politicians and their supporters who are planning to cause trouble during the 2023 general elections to desist, saying the military would not stand by and watch anyone cause trouble before, during and after the elections.

    He said that though it was obvious that some individuals were not desirous of peaceful elections, the armed forces would give necessary support to the civil authority to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections.

    According to him, the military will ensure a peaceful period during the upcoming elections, so that everyone will have a country to be proud of.

    The CDS also advised those desirous of getting political positions and appointments after elections to conduct themselves peacefully.

    “Anyone who is looking forward to be elected, must do it within the ambit of the provisions of the law, because we will not in any way stand aside and see those who perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political office or appointive offices.

    “Nigeria remains a nation that must live in peace, desire to live in peace, and Nigerians deserve to live in peace.

    “And so, we will not allow criminals among those or if you like, thugs that might have made themselves available for anyone to use.

    “We are working very closely with the police and we stand ready to give them all the support that is necessary, because going forward, Nigeria must be peaceful and that is what we are looking forward to,” he said.

    Indeed, Nigerians are looking forward for peaceful elections and happily the Nigerian Army has pledged unalloyed loyalty to sustain and deepen democracy. (NANFeatures)

    ** If used, please credit the writer as well as the News Agency of Nigeria .

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor has warned politicians and their supporters who are planning to cause trouble during the 2023 general elections to desist Irabor gave the warning while addressing newsmen during the Defence Headquarters bi weekly news briefing on Thursday in Abuja He said that considering the fact that some individuals don t usually desire peaceful elections the armed forces would give the necessary support to the civil authority to ensure peaceful elections According to him they will ensure a peaceful period in the coming elections so that every one of us will have a country we will be proud of The CDS advised those eying positions and appointments after elections to see themselves as men and women that conducted ourselves peacefully For anyone who is looking forward to be elected he must do it within the ambit of the provisions of the law because we will not in any way stand aside and see those who perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political office or appointive offices Nigeria remains nation that must live in peace desire to live in peace and Nigerians deserve to live in peace And so we will not allow criminals among those or if you like thugs that might have made themselves available for anyone to use We are working very closely with the police and we stand ready to give them all the support that is necessary because going forward Nigeria must be peaceful and that is what we are looking forward to he said Irabor however called on journalists and the public to continue to support the military and other security agencies in the quest to return peace to trouble spots in the country He urged the media to continue to educate Nigerians on the need to trust the military with actionable information in dealing with security challenges as issues of insecurity did not only rest with the military and other security agencies According to him Nigeria belongs to every one of us and we have a duty to contribute in one way or the other in ensuring that criminals among us are exposed and dealt with Fielding questions from newsmen the CDS said availability of effective equipment for the troops in theatres of operations had been a major focus of the government He said the acquisition of fighting equipment was largely dependent on what was available in the market that had been assessed and adjudged to be effective especially in dealing with Improvised Explosive Devices IEDs attacks According to him IEDs attacks have remained the greatest challenge especially for the operations in the North East over the years On moles within the troops Irabor said the military had a mechanism of identifying enemies within adding that a number of culprits had been arrested and court marshaled in different theatres at different times NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Irabor warns politicians, supporters against fomenting trouble
     The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor has warned politicians and their supporters who are planning to cause trouble during the 2023 general elections to desist Irabor gave the warning while addressing newsmen during the Defence Headquarters bi weekly news briefing on Thursday in Abuja He said that considering the fact that some individuals don t usually desire peaceful elections the armed forces would give the necessary support to the civil authority to ensure peaceful elections According to him they will ensure a peaceful period in the coming elections so that every one of us will have a country we will be proud of The CDS advised those eying positions and appointments after elections to see themselves as men and women that conducted ourselves peacefully For anyone who is looking forward to be elected he must do it within the ambit of the provisions of the law because we will not in any way stand aside and see those who perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political office or appointive offices Nigeria remains nation that must live in peace desire to live in peace and Nigerians deserve to live in peace And so we will not allow criminals among those or if you like thugs that might have made themselves available for anyone to use We are working very closely with the police and we stand ready to give them all the support that is necessary because going forward Nigeria must be peaceful and that is what we are looking forward to he said Irabor however called on journalists and the public to continue to support the military and other security agencies in the quest to return peace to trouble spots in the country He urged the media to continue to educate Nigerians on the need to trust the military with actionable information in dealing with security challenges as issues of insecurity did not only rest with the military and other security agencies According to him Nigeria belongs to every one of us and we have a duty to contribute in one way or the other in ensuring that criminals among us are exposed and dealt with Fielding questions from newsmen the CDS said availability of effective equipment for the troops in theatres of operations had been a major focus of the government He said the acquisition of fighting equipment was largely dependent on what was available in the market that had been assessed and adjudged to be effective especially in dealing with Improvised Explosive Devices IEDs attacks According to him IEDs attacks have remained the greatest challenge especially for the operations in the North East over the years On moles within the troops Irabor said the military had a mechanism of identifying enemies within adding that a number of culprits had been arrested and court marshaled in different theatres at different times NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Irabor warns politicians, supporters against fomenting trouble
    Defence/Security6 months ago

    2023 elections: Irabor warns politicians, supporters against fomenting trouble

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, has warned politicians and their supporters who are planning to cause trouble during the 2023 general elections to desist.

    Irabor gave the warning while addressing newsmen during the Defence Headquarters bi-weekly news briefing on Thursday in Abuja.

    He said that considering the fact that some individuals don’t usually desire peaceful elections, the armed forces would give the necessary support to the civil authority to ensure peaceful elections.

    According to him, they will ensure a peaceful period in the coming elections so that every one of us will have a country we will be proud of.

    The CDS advised those eying positions and appointments after elections to see themselves as men and women that conducted ourselves peacefully.

    “For anyone who is looking forward to be elected, he must do it within the ambit of the provisions of the law because we will not in any way stand aside and see those who perpetrate violence all because they are looking for political office or appointive offices.

    “Nigeria remains nation that must live in peace, desire to live in peace, and Nigerians deserve to live in peace.

    “And so, we will not allow criminals among those or if you like, thugs that might have made themselves available for anyone to use.

    “We are working very closely with the police and we stand ready to give them all the support that is necessary, because going forward, Nigeria must be peaceful and that is what we are looking forward to,” he said.

    Irabor, however, called on journalists and the public to continue to support the military and other security agencies in the quest to return peace to trouble spots in the country.

    He urged the media to continue to educate Nigerians on the need to trust the military with actionable information in dealing with security challenges as issues of insecurity did not only rest with the military and other security agencies.

    According to him, Nigeria belongs to every one of us and we have a duty to contribute in one way or the other in ensuring that criminals among us are exposed and dealt with.

    Fielding questions from newsmen, the CDS said availability of effective equipment for the troops in theatres of operations had been a major focus of the government.

    He said the acquisition of fighting equipment was largely dependent on what was available in the market that had been assessed and adjudged to be effective, especially in dealing with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) attacks.

    According to him, IEDs attacks have remained the greatest challenge, especially for the operations in the North East over the years.

    On moles within the troops, Irabor said the military had a mechanism of identifying enemies within, adding that a number of culprits had been arrested and court marshaled in different theatres at different times.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor has promised to ensure development of sports in military barracks to engaged more youths in sporting activities Irabor made the pledge at the closing of the 2022 edition of Abuja Military Barracks Youths Sports Championship organised by the Defence Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja The CDS was represented by the Director of Education Defence Headquarters Rear Adm Chibuike Azike Irabor assured the youth that deliberate efforts would be made to ensure the continuous construction renovation reactivation and remodeling of sporting facilities within the barracks In additional and by way of encouragement we shall continue to facilitate the participation of youths across all barracks in organised sports competitions around the country I urge all youths across all the barracks not to rest on their oars as they go about pursuing their educational and sporting careers There are enough challenges currently being faced by government at all levels while efforts are on to arrest the crisis This championship as organised no doubt have widened the horizon of our barracks towards exploring opportunities offered by sports he said Irabor commended the Directorate of sports for a job well done in ensuring the smooth conduct of the competition He also commended the participating youths for the excellent performance saying the championships must have taken a toll on their physical and mental strength He added that objectives set out to be achieved via the conduct of the championship had been realised I therefore commend all the youths for the efforts they have put into winning trophies for their teams You will all agree with me that every team is a winner We can see that there are trophies in front of every team Specifically I commend and congratulate the youths that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during the championship he added On his part the Director of Education DHQ Rear Adm Azike said the fourth edition of the military youth sports competition started well and ended well Azike said the fourth edition was unique because it was held in the newly remodeled football pitch adding that the football pitch was FIFA rating According to him it means that various sporting conditions national local and national and beyond So I believe that in the nearest future we will have talents from this particular competition to represent the country and even beyond he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports the championship features four sports including football basketball volleyball and badminton involving five teams The teams are Team Lungi Team Mambilla Team Mogadishu Team NAF Base and Team Zuma in both male and female categories Team Mambilla emerged the overall winner with 620 points Team Lungi came second with 480 points while Team Mogadishu won the third position with 400 points Teams NAF Base and Zuma came fourth and fifth with 320 point and 280 points respectively NAN
    Irabor promises to encourage sports among barracks youth
     The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor has promised to ensure development of sports in military barracks to engaged more youths in sporting activities Irabor made the pledge at the closing of the 2022 edition of Abuja Military Barracks Youths Sports Championship organised by the Defence Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja The CDS was represented by the Director of Education Defence Headquarters Rear Adm Chibuike Azike Irabor assured the youth that deliberate efforts would be made to ensure the continuous construction renovation reactivation and remodeling of sporting facilities within the barracks In additional and by way of encouragement we shall continue to facilitate the participation of youths across all barracks in organised sports competitions around the country I urge all youths across all the barracks not to rest on their oars as they go about pursuing their educational and sporting careers There are enough challenges currently being faced by government at all levels while efforts are on to arrest the crisis This championship as organised no doubt have widened the horizon of our barracks towards exploring opportunities offered by sports he said Irabor commended the Directorate of sports for a job well done in ensuring the smooth conduct of the competition He also commended the participating youths for the excellent performance saying the championships must have taken a toll on their physical and mental strength He added that objectives set out to be achieved via the conduct of the championship had been realised I therefore commend all the youths for the efforts they have put into winning trophies for their teams You will all agree with me that every team is a winner We can see that there are trophies in front of every team Specifically I commend and congratulate the youths that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during the championship he added On his part the Director of Education DHQ Rear Adm Azike said the fourth edition of the military youth sports competition started well and ended well Azike said the fourth edition was unique because it was held in the newly remodeled football pitch adding that the football pitch was FIFA rating According to him it means that various sporting conditions national local and national and beyond So I believe that in the nearest future we will have talents from this particular competition to represent the country and even beyond he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports the championship features four sports including football basketball volleyball and badminton involving five teams The teams are Team Lungi Team Mambilla Team Mogadishu Team NAF Base and Team Zuma in both male and female categories Team Mambilla emerged the overall winner with 620 points Team Lungi came second with 480 points while Team Mogadishu won the third position with 400 points Teams NAF Base and Zuma came fourth and fifth with 320 point and 280 points respectively NAN
    Irabor promises to encourage sports among barracks youth
    Defence/Security6 months ago

    Irabor promises to encourage sports among barracks youth

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, has promised to ensure development of sports in military barracks to engaged more youths in sporting activities.

    Irabor made the pledge at the closing of the 2022 edition of Abuja Military Barracks Youths Sports Championship organised by the Defence Headquarters on Thursday, in Abuja.

    The CDS, was represented by the Director of Education, Defence Headquarters, Rear Adm. Chibuike Azike,

    Irabor assured the youth that deliberate efforts would be made to ensure the continuous construction, renovation, reactivation and remodeling of sporting facilities within the barracks.

    “In additional and by way of encouragement, we shall continue to facilitate the participation of youths across all barracks in organised sports competitions around the country.

    “I urge all youths across all the barracks not to rest on their oars as they go about pursuing their educational and sporting careers.

    “There are enough challenges currently being faced by government at all levels, while efforts are on to arrest the crisis. 

    “This championship as organised, no doubt have widened the horizon of our barracks towards exploring opportunities offered by sports,” he said.

    Irabor commended the Directorate of sports for a job well done in ensuring the smooth conduct of the competition.

    He also commended the participating youths for the excellent performance, saying the championships must have taken a toll on their physical and mental strength.

    He added that objectives set out to be achieved via the conduct of the championship had been realised.

    “I therefore commend all the youths for the efforts they have put into winning trophies for their teams.

    “You will all agree with me that every team is a winner. We can see that there are trophies in front of every team.

    “Specifically, I commend and congratulate the youths that have distinguished themselves by winning individual prizes during the championship,”he added.

    On his part, the Director of Education, DHQ, Rear Adm. Azike, said the fourth edition of the military youth sports competition started well and ended well.

    Azike said the fourth edition was unique because it was held in the newly remodeled football pitch, adding that the football pitch was FIFA rating.

    According to him, it means that various sporting conditions national, local and national and beyond.

    “So, I believe that in the nearest future, we will have talents from this particular competition to represent the country and even beyond,”he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports the championship features four sports including: football, basketball, volleyball and badminton involving five teams.

    The teams are: Team Lungi, Team Mambilla, Team Mogadishu, Team NAF Base and Team Zuma in both male and female categories.

    Team Mambilla emerged the overall winner with 620 points, Team Lungi came second with 480 points, while Team Mogadishu won the third position with 400 points.

    Teams NAF Base and Zuma came fourth and fifth with 320 point and 280 points respectively.

    (NAN)

  •  More than 500 barracks youths are currently participating in the 2022 edition of Abuja Military Barracks Youths Sports Championship organised by the Defence Headquarters The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor said this at the opening of the championship and inauguration of the remodeled Mogadishu Cantonment Sports Complex on Tuesday in Abuja Irabor who was represented by the Director of Education Defence Headquarters Rear Adm Chibuike Azike said the championship was organised to gainfully occupy the barracks youths with sports to keep them off social vices He said the sports championship stand was designed with a view to unlocking the hidden talents and potentials of the barracks youths in sports According to him the conduct of this championship therefore forms part of the overall Federal Government of Nigeria Vision of Youth Empowerment I am aware that over 500 youths from the various within Abuja are participating in the sports championship that features football basketball badminton and volleyball I have no doubt in my mind that as it has been in the past new talents would be discovered from this championship amongst whom we expect to have future prospects that would blossom into national and international champions It is pertinent to state that the need to provide an enabling environment for our teeming barracks youths to develop their God given sports talents informed the remodeling of this football sports complex that we all are seated today he said Irabor also stated that sports was a unifying factor that engenders love cooperation teamwork patriotism and a good number of other positive virtues He therefore urged the participants to imbibe and display the spirit of sportsmanship and abide by the rules and regulations guiding the various sporting events slated to feature in the championship Earlier the Director of Sports Defence Headquarters AVM Framah Batnah said the essence of organising the sporting activities was to foster cooperation among the Youths in the various barracks Batnah added that the competition was also meant to ensure that the youths pay attention to their physical fitness and maintain good health He urged the athletes not to see the competition as a do or die affair but a platform for interaction within an among them to ensure peaceful coexistence I want to assure you that every team that is participating here is a winning team he said NAN
    500 youths compete in 2022 military barracks sports
     More than 500 barracks youths are currently participating in the 2022 edition of Abuja Military Barracks Youths Sports Championship organised by the Defence Headquarters The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor said this at the opening of the championship and inauguration of the remodeled Mogadishu Cantonment Sports Complex on Tuesday in Abuja Irabor who was represented by the Director of Education Defence Headquarters Rear Adm Chibuike Azike said the championship was organised to gainfully occupy the barracks youths with sports to keep them off social vices He said the sports championship stand was designed with a view to unlocking the hidden talents and potentials of the barracks youths in sports According to him the conduct of this championship therefore forms part of the overall Federal Government of Nigeria Vision of Youth Empowerment I am aware that over 500 youths from the various within Abuja are participating in the sports championship that features football basketball badminton and volleyball I have no doubt in my mind that as it has been in the past new talents would be discovered from this championship amongst whom we expect to have future prospects that would blossom into national and international champions It is pertinent to state that the need to provide an enabling environment for our teeming barracks youths to develop their God given sports talents informed the remodeling of this football sports complex that we all are seated today he said Irabor also stated that sports was a unifying factor that engenders love cooperation teamwork patriotism and a good number of other positive virtues He therefore urged the participants to imbibe and display the spirit of sportsmanship and abide by the rules and regulations guiding the various sporting events slated to feature in the championship Earlier the Director of Sports Defence Headquarters AVM Framah Batnah said the essence of organising the sporting activities was to foster cooperation among the Youths in the various barracks Batnah added that the competition was also meant to ensure that the youths pay attention to their physical fitness and maintain good health He urged the athletes not to see the competition as a do or die affair but a platform for interaction within an among them to ensure peaceful coexistence I want to assure you that every team that is participating here is a winning team he said NAN
    500 youths compete in 2022 military barracks sports
    General news6 months ago

    500 youths compete in 2022 military barracks sports

    More than 500 barracks youths are currently participating in the 2022 edition of Abuja Military Barracks Youths Sports Championship organised by the Defence Headquarters.

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, said this at the opening of the championship and inauguration of the remodeled Mogadishu Cantonment Sports Complex on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Irabor, who was represented by the Director of Education, Defence Headquarters, Rear Adm. Chibuike Azike, said the championship was organised to gainfully occupy the barracks youths with sports to keep them off social vices.

    He said the sports championship stand was designed with a view to unlocking the hidden talents and potentials of the barracks youths in sports.

    According to him, the conduct of this championship therefore, forms part of the overall Federal Government of Nigeria Vision of Youth Empowerment.

    “I am aware that over 500 youths from the various within Abuja are participating in the sports championship that features football, basketball, badminton and volleyball.

    “I have no doubt in my mind that as it has been in the past, new talents would be discovered from this championship amongst whom we expect to have future prospects that would blossom into national and international champions.

    “It is pertinent to state that the need to provide an enabling environment for our teeming barracks youths to develop their God-given sports talents, informed the remodeling of this football sports complex that we all are seated today,” he said.

    Irabor also stated that sports was a unifying factor that engenders love, cooperation, teamwork, patriotism and a good number of other positive virtues.

    He, therefore, urged the participants to imbibe and display the spirit of sportsmanship and abide by the rules and regulations guiding the various sporting events slated to feature in the championship.

    Earlier, the Director of Sports, Defence Headquarters, AVM Framah Batnah, said the essence of organising the sporting activities was to foster cooperation among the Youths in the various barracks.

    Batnah added that the competition was also meant to ensure that the youths pay attention to their physical fitness and maintain good health.

    He urged the athletes not to see the competition as a ‘do or die affair’, but a platform for interaction within an among them to ensure peaceful coexistence.

    “I want to assure you that every team that is participating here is a winning team,” he said.

    (NAN)

  •  The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Iraboh on Saturday assured of the Federal Government s commitment to rearm the Nigeria Navy with modern warships and weaponry Iraboh gave the assurance on the sideline of a Ceremonial Sunset organised by the Nigeria Navy to mark its 66th anniversary held at Nigeria Naval College in Onne Rivers He said the navy had done a lot in safeguarding Nigeria s critical oil and gas resources through its dominance at the nation s waters and the Gulf of Guinea The Nigeria Navy is indisputably a critical contributor to the mainstay of the nation s economy hence efforts must be redoubled to build a navy that we all will be proud of We need to encourage the navy to guarantee the nation s economic prosperity within the context of the prevailing Federal Government s effort to revamp and reposition our economy The Federal Government is working assiduously to ensure the navy s past operational handicap regarding insufficient equipment becomes a thing of the past he said Iraboh attributed the current peace being experienced at coastal communities across the country to the doggedness of officers and ratings of the navy in synergy with other security services I commend the untiring efforts of the navy and the entire Armed Forces for reducing crude oil theft violent crimes and other illegalities in the nation s maritime domain The realities of our current security situation have further affirmed the multivalent utility of the Nigeria Navy We are indeed proud to acknowledge navy personnel s gallantry and service in safeguarding our waters the Gulf of Guinea as well as their new and expanded continental role he said The defence chief urged the navy to put to good use the new warships and other platforms acquired by the Federal Government in its rearmament programme Speaking the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Adm Awwal Gambo said the event was an age long naval tradition used to recognise its achievements and honour fallen colleagues He assured of navy s commitment to meet its mandate of protecting the nation s maritime environment for socio economic activities to thrive According to him the acquisition of new warships and other equipment has necessitated the need to train and retrain troops to effectively use the different arms Concerted efforts are also being made to upgrade the naval fleets to enable us to defend the territorial integrity of our great nation from the sea Due to the availability of the newly acquired platforms on the job training will also be accorded a well deserved status in our career planning To this end increased attention is given to training to keep officers and ratings abreast with modern warfare Training curriculums are being reviewed while several training aids and simulators have been continuously procured to join the inventory of the service he said The officer thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for repositioning the navy to be relevant in nation building NAN
    Navy rearmament on course, says Iraboh
     The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Iraboh on Saturday assured of the Federal Government s commitment to rearm the Nigeria Navy with modern warships and weaponry Iraboh gave the assurance on the sideline of a Ceremonial Sunset organised by the Nigeria Navy to mark its 66th anniversary held at Nigeria Naval College in Onne Rivers He said the navy had done a lot in safeguarding Nigeria s critical oil and gas resources through its dominance at the nation s waters and the Gulf of Guinea The Nigeria Navy is indisputably a critical contributor to the mainstay of the nation s economy hence efforts must be redoubled to build a navy that we all will be proud of We need to encourage the navy to guarantee the nation s economic prosperity within the context of the prevailing Federal Government s effort to revamp and reposition our economy The Federal Government is working assiduously to ensure the navy s past operational handicap regarding insufficient equipment becomes a thing of the past he said Iraboh attributed the current peace being experienced at coastal communities across the country to the doggedness of officers and ratings of the navy in synergy with other security services I commend the untiring efforts of the navy and the entire Armed Forces for reducing crude oil theft violent crimes and other illegalities in the nation s maritime domain The realities of our current security situation have further affirmed the multivalent utility of the Nigeria Navy We are indeed proud to acknowledge navy personnel s gallantry and service in safeguarding our waters the Gulf of Guinea as well as their new and expanded continental role he said The defence chief urged the navy to put to good use the new warships and other platforms acquired by the Federal Government in its rearmament programme Speaking the Chief of Naval Staff Vice Adm Awwal Gambo said the event was an age long naval tradition used to recognise its achievements and honour fallen colleagues He assured of navy s commitment to meet its mandate of protecting the nation s maritime environment for socio economic activities to thrive According to him the acquisition of new warships and other equipment has necessitated the need to train and retrain troops to effectively use the different arms Concerted efforts are also being made to upgrade the naval fleets to enable us to defend the territorial integrity of our great nation from the sea Due to the availability of the newly acquired platforms on the job training will also be accorded a well deserved status in our career planning To this end increased attention is given to training to keep officers and ratings abreast with modern warfare Training curriculums are being reviewed while several training aids and simulators have been continuously procured to join the inventory of the service he said The officer thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for repositioning the navy to be relevant in nation building NAN
    Navy rearmament on course, says Iraboh
    Defence/Security6 months ago

    Navy rearmament on course, says Iraboh

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Iraboh, on Saturday assured of the Federal Government’s commitment to rearm the Nigeria Navy with modern warships and weaponry.

    Iraboh gave the assurance on the sideline of a ‘Ceremonial Sunset’ organised by the Nigeria Navy to mark its 66th anniversary held at Nigeria Naval College in Onne, Rivers.

    He said the navy had done a lot in safeguarding Nigeria’s critical oil and gas resources through its dominance at the nation’s waters and the Gulf of Guinea.

    “The Nigeria Navy is indisputably a critical contributor to the mainstay of the nation’s economy hence efforts must be redoubled to build a navy that we all will be proud of.

    “We need to encourage the navy to guarantee the nation’s economic prosperity within the context of the prevailing Federal Government’s effort to revamp and reposition our economy.

    “The Federal Government is working assiduously to ensure the navy’s past operational handicap regarding insufficient equipment becomes a thing of the past,” he said.

    Iraboh attributed the current peace being experienced at coastal communities across the country to the doggedness of officers and ratings of the navy in synergy with other security services.

    “I commend the untiring efforts of the navy and the entire Armed Forces for reducing crude oil theft, violent crimes and other illegalities in the nation’s maritime domain.

    “The realities of our current security situation have further affirmed the multivalent utility of the Nigeria Navy.

    “We are indeed proud to acknowledge navy personnel’s gallantry and service in safeguarding our waters; the Gulf of Guinea as well as their new and expanded continental role,” he said.

    The defence chief urged the navy to put to good use the new warships and other platforms acquired by the Federal Government in its rearmament programme.

    Speaking, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, said the event was an age-long naval tradition used to recognise its achievements and honour fallen colleagues.

    He assured of navy’s commitment to meet its mandate of protecting the nation’s maritime environment for socio-economic activities to thrive.

    According to him, the acquisition of new warships and other equipment has necessitated the need to train and retrain troops to effectively use the different arms.

    “Concerted efforts are also being made to upgrade the naval fleets to enable us to defend the territorial integrity of our great nation from the sea.

    “Due to the availability of the newly acquired platforms, on-the-job training will also be accorded a well-deserved status in our career planning.

    “To this end, increased attention is given to training to keep officers and ratings abreast with modern warfare.

    “Training curriculums are being reviewed while several training aids and simulators have been continuously procured to join the inventory of the service,” he said.

    The officer thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for repositioning the navy to be relevant in nation building.

    (NAN)

  •  Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has called for stronger collaboration between security agencies and the civilian populace to engender greater peace and security in the country The governor made the call on Friday in Asaba at the round off of a four day defence retreat tagged Asaba 2022 Okowa said that there must be a strategic engagement by security agencies particularly the military with the civilian populace He added that such synergy would build trust and make Nigerians to truly work together in securing the nation Security he said was not limited to the military the police or other security agencies but included civilians since they also had roles to play I believe that it is well with this nation and that a strong collaboration between our security agencies and the local population would continue to help us achieve greater peace in this nation The governor lauded the Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor for holding the defence retreat in Asaba Okowa also commended military officers and men for the great job that they had been doing for the nation First we thank God for a very successful defence retreat in Asaba Delta State and l want to use this opportunity to again register our pleasure that the CDS brought this retreat down home to Asaba There is no doubt that God has made it possible for us to have relatively peaceful state and the fact that we are able to attract this retreat to Asaba is in itself a testament to the fact that the state is peaceful In Delta State we have been working very closely with security agencies and because of very high level of cooperation and the commitment of the officers working very closely with the civilian populace we have been able to achieve relative peace And l am grateful to all the security officers that helped us to maintain relative peace in this state and we pray that God will continue to help us to achieve lasting peace not only in Delta but in our nation Nigeria I believe that this kind of retreat is the best retreat it is something that should be hosted often in this nation Because it gives room for people to truly share ideas and l think that that is what you have been doing in Delta State in the last four days Okowa said He said that the nation was in very difficult times adding if we spend more time to interact with ourselves we can truly better equip ourselves on how best to ensure peace in our nation and how to secure both our borders and to ensure that we are able to maintain peace within the country In spite of all that we do there is a lot that still needs to be done in terms of equipping our security agencies and providing the needed logistics at the appropriate time for them to be able to tackle the security challenges in the country The governor said that Nigeria must do everything possible to encourage security officers and men especially as it concerned their welfare because according to him men out there working for all in the society deserved some level of comfort l believe that they security officers and men would also work harder if they are able to take care of their families back home Because when there are pressures from home it becomes very difficult for any officer to be able to put in his or her best in the duty he or she is called upon to do So l hope that both at the national and sub national levels those of us in government would continue to do the best we can to truly encourage our officers and men in the course of their duties he said Earlier in his remarks Irabor thanked the governor for the very elaborate arrangements put in place by the state government to host the military officers adding that they had a brainstorming session at the retreat He said that the objectives of the defence retreat were achieved adding that it afforded them the opportunity to look at a broad range of military activities in a bid to ensuring that security was strengthened within the country It was a time that we looked at a broad range of military activities all in a bid to ensuring that we strengthen the disposition of security within the nation And seeing how best we could ensure that every man or woman boy or girl and of course visitors to the Nigerian space lives out their dreams and aspirations I like to assure that going forward there would be indeed a heightened state of activities within the armed forces greater sense of interaction with other security agencies and other stakeholders So that together the aggregate of our interaction will be for enhanced security of the nation I know that Asaba 2022 will indeed remain a pillar as we go forward to achieving these set goals Irabor said NAN
    Insecurity: Okowa urges stronger collaboration
     Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has called for stronger collaboration between security agencies and the civilian populace to engender greater peace and security in the country The governor made the call on Friday in Asaba at the round off of a four day defence retreat tagged Asaba 2022 Okowa said that there must be a strategic engagement by security agencies particularly the military with the civilian populace He added that such synergy would build trust and make Nigerians to truly work together in securing the nation Security he said was not limited to the military the police or other security agencies but included civilians since they also had roles to play I believe that it is well with this nation and that a strong collaboration between our security agencies and the local population would continue to help us achieve greater peace in this nation The governor lauded the Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor for holding the defence retreat in Asaba Okowa also commended military officers and men for the great job that they had been doing for the nation First we thank God for a very successful defence retreat in Asaba Delta State and l want to use this opportunity to again register our pleasure that the CDS brought this retreat down home to Asaba There is no doubt that God has made it possible for us to have relatively peaceful state and the fact that we are able to attract this retreat to Asaba is in itself a testament to the fact that the state is peaceful In Delta State we have been working very closely with security agencies and because of very high level of cooperation and the commitment of the officers working very closely with the civilian populace we have been able to achieve relative peace And l am grateful to all the security officers that helped us to maintain relative peace in this state and we pray that God will continue to help us to achieve lasting peace not only in Delta but in our nation Nigeria I believe that this kind of retreat is the best retreat it is something that should be hosted often in this nation Because it gives room for people to truly share ideas and l think that that is what you have been doing in Delta State in the last four days Okowa said He said that the nation was in very difficult times adding if we spend more time to interact with ourselves we can truly better equip ourselves on how best to ensure peace in our nation and how to secure both our borders and to ensure that we are able to maintain peace within the country In spite of all that we do there is a lot that still needs to be done in terms of equipping our security agencies and providing the needed logistics at the appropriate time for them to be able to tackle the security challenges in the country The governor said that Nigeria must do everything possible to encourage security officers and men especially as it concerned their welfare because according to him men out there working for all in the society deserved some level of comfort l believe that they security officers and men would also work harder if they are able to take care of their families back home Because when there are pressures from home it becomes very difficult for any officer to be able to put in his or her best in the duty he or she is called upon to do So l hope that both at the national and sub national levels those of us in government would continue to do the best we can to truly encourage our officers and men in the course of their duties he said Earlier in his remarks Irabor thanked the governor for the very elaborate arrangements put in place by the state government to host the military officers adding that they had a brainstorming session at the retreat He said that the objectives of the defence retreat were achieved adding that it afforded them the opportunity to look at a broad range of military activities in a bid to ensuring that security was strengthened within the country It was a time that we looked at a broad range of military activities all in a bid to ensuring that we strengthen the disposition of security within the nation And seeing how best we could ensure that every man or woman boy or girl and of course visitors to the Nigerian space lives out their dreams and aspirations I like to assure that going forward there would be indeed a heightened state of activities within the armed forces greater sense of interaction with other security agencies and other stakeholders So that together the aggregate of our interaction will be for enhanced security of the nation I know that Asaba 2022 will indeed remain a pillar as we go forward to achieving these set goals Irabor said NAN
    Insecurity: Okowa urges stronger collaboration
    Defence/Security7 months ago

    Insecurity: Okowa urges stronger collaboration

    Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has called for stronger collaboration between security agencies and the civilian populace to engender greater peace and security in the country.

    The governor made the call on Friday, in Asaba at the round-off of a four-day defence retreat tagged ‘Asaba 2022’.

    Okowa said that there must be a strategic engagement by security agencies, particularly the military, with the civilian populace

    He added that such synergy would build trust and make Nigerians to truly work together in securing the nation.

    Security, he said, was not limited to the military, the police or other security agencies, but included civilians since they also had roles to play.

    “I believe that it is well with this nation and that a strong collaboration between our security agencies and the local population would continue to help us achieve greater peace in this nation”.

    The governor lauded the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, for holding the defence retreat in Asaba.

    Okowa also commended military officers and men for the great job that they had been doing for the nation.

    “First, we thank God for a very successful defence retreat in Asaba, Delta State and l want to use this opportunity to again, register our pleasure that the CDS brought this retreat down home to Asaba.

    “There is no doubt that God has made it possible for us to have relatively peaceful state and the fact that we are able to attract this retreat to Asaba is in itself, a testament to the fact that the state is peaceful.

    “In Delta State, we have been working very closely with security agencies and because of very high level of cooperation and the commitment of the officers working very closely with the civilian populace, we have been able to achieve relative peace.

    “And, l am grateful to all the security officers that helped us to maintain relative peace in this state and we pray that God will continue to help us to achieve lasting peace, not only in Delta but in our nation, Nigeria.

    “I believe that this kind of retreat is the best retreat; it is something that should be hosted often in this nation.

    “Because it gives room for people to truly share ideas and l think that that is what you have been doing in Delta State in the last four days,” Okowa said.

    He said that the nation was in very difficult times, adding: “if we spend more time to interact with ourselves, we can truly better equip ourselves on how best to ensure peace in our nation and how to secure both our borders and to ensure that we are able to maintain peace within the country.

    “In spite of all that we do, there is a lot that still needs to be done in terms of equipping our security agencies and providing the needed logistics at the appropriate time for them to be able to tackle the security challenges in the country.”

    The governor said that Nigeria must do everything possible to encourage security officers and men, especially as it concerned their welfare because, according to him, men out there working for all in the society, deserved some level of comfort.

    “l believe that they (security officers and men) would also work harder if they are able to take care of their families back home.

    “Because when there are pressures from home, it becomes very difficult for any officer to be able to put in his or her best in the duty he or she is called upon to do.

    “So, l hope that both at the national and sub-national levels, those of us in government would continue to do the best we can to truly encourage our officers and men in the course of their duties,” he said.

    Earlier in his remarks, Irabor thanked the governor for the very elaborate arrangements put in place by the state government to host the military officers, adding that they had a brainstorming session at the retreat.

    He said that the objectives of the defence retreat were achieved, adding that it afforded them the opportunity to look at a broad range of military activities in a bid to ensuring that security was strengthened within the country.

    “It was a time that we looked at a broad range of military activities all in a bid to ensuring that we strengthen the disposition of security within the nation.

    “And, seeing how best we could ensure that every man or woman, boy or girl and of course, visitors to the Nigerian space, lives out their dreams and aspirations.

    “I like to assure, that going forward, there would be indeed, a heightened state of activities within the armed forces;  greater sense of interaction with other security agencies and other stakeholders.

    “So, that together, the aggregate of our interaction will be for enhanced security of the nation.

    “I know that Asaba 2022 will indeed, remain a pillar as we go forward to achieving these set goals,” Irabor said..

    (NAN)

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