President Muhammadu Buhari he has said that the government recognizes that some of the security challenges facing Nigeria were imported by foreign elements.
Mr. Buhari, who was represented by Federation Government Secretary Boss Mustapha, stated this at the National Defense College (NDC) Course 30 Graduation on Friday in Abuja.
He said that the nation and indeed the African region has faced difficult times, such as terrorism in the northeast, banditry and other criminal activities throughout the country.
He added that the armed forces and other security agencies have been given directives to decisively confront all forms of security challenges and protect the nation.
According to him, the armed forces continued to counter the terrorism that was prevalent in the northeast and that resulted in the surrender of thousands of people who are being managed by government agencies.
“The government is also deeply concerned about the activities of bandits and criminals that have reared their ugly heads in some parts of the country.
“This is because the number of unprovoked violent attacks on citizens appears to be on the rise. This is unacceptable.
“Consequently, we have given strong directives to the armed forces and other security agencies to deal decisively with terrorists, bandits and other enemies of the country.
“We have also adopted bilateral and multilateral agreements to address cross-border and maritime crime because we recognize that some of our security challenges are imported into Nigeria by foreign elements.
“I want to assure all Nigerians that the government is doing everything it can to eliminate or stop criminals or bandits, wherever they are,” he said.
Mr. Buhari commended the nation’s leading defense institution for its continued effort to develop disciplined and professional leaders for the armed forces and security agencies, as well as Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
He said the university had continued to fulfill its mandate since its inception 30 years ago and had grown to be on a par with similar universities around the world.
He tasked participants with deploying the knowledge they had gained to make helpful suggestions to address challenges in their areas of responsibility.
The president assured that the government will remain committed to providing the necessary resources for the security agencies to carry out their assigned tasks.
NDC Commander Murtala Bashir said the college had 102 selected participants from military, paramilitary, security and intelligence agencies, as well as selected MDA and participants from 16 allied countries.
Bashir, a rear admiral, said the participants included 28 from the Nigerian Army; 20 from the Nigerian Navy; five from the Nigerian Air Force; 29 from strategic institutions/MDA and 20 international participants.
He said the university had trained the best military, security agencies and MDAs both at home and abroad since its inception in 1992, adding that some had distinguished themselves in their careers.
According to him, the mission of NDC is to develop future strategic leaders who are sufficiently equipped with knowledge and skills.
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“For the 30th course participants, this mission was achieved through the study pathway in nine modules comprising research methodology and strategic writing, state and social political environments, economics and finance, science and technology, international affairs, and regional studies. .
“Others are political strategy and national security, military history and conflict studies, peace support operations, and senior defense management.
“The modules were delivered in the form of lectures, seminars, study tours, research papers and studies under a broad theme, ‘A whole-of-society approach to improving human security in Nigeria.'”
“The course also involved exercises that stimulated real-life scenarios and the review of National Defense and Security Policies,” he said.
A foreign participant, Ashwsni Tikoo from the Indian Navy, thanked the Nigerian government and armed forces for giving them the opportunity to be a part of the course and the learning experience of a lifetime.
Tikoo, a commodore, said the course had also given him the chance to make new friends who would help shape his military career.
He said the scope of the curriculum was broad, including economic development, social security, internal security, and geostrategic issues, among others.
“It has been a great learning experience and for me particularly I would say that my knowledge of the African continent has increased very considerably.
“And obviously, when you get to know so much about this continent, which has 54 countries, rich in resources and beautiful people, it’s a great experience.
“I am sure that when I return to my country with this kind of learning and experience, it will definitely allow me to bring about some changes in my own country with the perspectives and learnings that I have had here,” he said. she said. (YAYA)