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NASS Pledges support to military on insecurity



Nigeria President of the Senate Ahmed Lawan

The National Assembly on Wednesday 31st July, 2019 pledged its continued support to the Nigerian military in tackling the current security threats across the country.

The President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmed Lawan, made the pledge at the National Defence College (NDC) Course 27 Graduation Dinner and Award Night in Abuja.

Lawan, who was represented by Sen.

Michael Nnachi, said that the ongoing fight against insurgency in the North East and other security challenges in other parts of the country required the support of all stakeholders.

According to him, as representatives of the people, we are very much in the frontline of efforts to improve security and development.

“We are indeed, in a good position to enable national discussions to forge alliances between Government, civil society and development partners.

“As such, under my leadership, the National Assembly will decidedly place emphasis on quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the legislative processes to improve security and development.

“You will agree with me that the business of ensuring security for this dear nation of ours cannot be left to the security agencies alone because it is a collective effort.

“In this regard, let me assure you that the 9th Assembly intends to work closely with the Executive, the Ministry of Defence and the leadership of the Services to ensure that members of the Armed Forces are well equipped, properly motivated and well trained,’’ he said.

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Lawan also pledged to encourage communication between the NDC and the Senate and House Committees on Defence to initiate mechanisms for enhanced security sector governance and reform in Nigeria.

He says: “I also agree that this interface has become imperative, given the growing need to instill best practices in our security sector and the very important role both institutions play in this regard,’’ he said.

The senate president urged the graduating officers to justify the training they had acquired, saying they were better equipped for higher responsibilities.

“The Course you have just finished has prepared you for strategic leadership and higher level command, particularly at a time, when our nation is faced with a plethora of security challenges.

“The successful completion of this Course implies that you are now better equipped for higher military or other national duties and therefore added responsibilities,’’ he said.

According to him, the administration of Muhammadu Buhari had taken deliberate steps to improve national security, institutional capacity and collaboration with contiguous neighbours.

Earlier, the Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri, said that the college promotes military strategic understanding in the polity and strategic level military training.

Kadiri disclosed that the participants of the Course 27 numbering 127 had passed through a vigorous 11 months processes of the Higher Defence and Strategic Studies course.

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“They are now better informed and wiser. More importantly, they are now more capable, willing and ready to serve their nations in any capacity.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the dinner is part of activities lined up ahead of the graduation slated to take place on Friday.


Army to Review Troops’ Conduct During Elections, other Operations



Nigeria Army

The Nigerian Army is set to review the conduct of troops in Operation Safe Conduct during the just concluded 2023 general elections across the country.

The review is expected to take place during the forthcoming Chief of Army Staff First Quarter 2023 Conference.

This is contained in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.

Onyema Nwachukwu, on Thursday in Abuja.

Nwachukwu said that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, would interact with the General Officers Commanding (GOC), field commanders and other senior officers.

He said that the interaction would help to provide possible guidance towards enhancing army operations and other activities.

He said the conference, which would hold from April 3 to April 6 would offer an avenue for reappraisal of the administrative affairs of the Nigerian army.

He added that it would also help in  evaluation and comprehensive review of ongoing operational engagements within the first quarter.

According to him, this will provide the army an in-depth insight to enable far reaching decisions towards achieving its set objective of addressing the multifaceted security challenges confronting the country.

Nwachukwu said that the COAS would present a new Toyota Hilux vehicles each to 14 Army Warrant Officers who had attained the peak of their soldiering career.

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“Similarly, the COAS will commission the newly constructed Faruk Yahaya Historical Park located at Asokoro Abuja.

“The conference will also showcase some research and development effort of the Nigerian Army in an exhibition.

“The three days conference promises to be very eventful, as it will witness a review of the conduct of troops during the recently concluded Operation SAFE CONDUCT 2023 and other operations across the country,” he said.

Nwachukwu reaffirmed the commitment and resolve of the Nigerian army to discharging its constitutional mandate professionally.

“We will also be resolute in upholding our values of courage, selfless sacrifice, respect, discipline and unalloyed loyalty to constituted authority,” he added. (NAN)

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Buhari Pleased with Troops` Performance in North East – Gen. Irabor




The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, says that  President Muhammadu Buhari is happy with the troops performance in the fight against insurgents in the North East.

Irabor stated this on Thursday in Maiduguri while addressing troops at the headquarters of the Joint Task Force, North East Operation Hadin Kai.

“The Commander in Chief is happy with you and has asked me to relay to you to keep up the standard and momentum that you are displaying in the north east operation,” Irabor said.

The CDS also lauded the successes being recorded by the troops, adding that it was based on their sense of patriotism and resilience.

He said that the troops` performance showed the true manifestation of the training provided to them.

Irabor said that commanders in the theatre were putting final touches for more onslaughts on remnants of Boko Haram and ISWAP.

“You must ensure that the criminals wherever they are hiding you smoke them out

“I know that you will do that, very soon we will be back to celebrate together,” Irabor said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the CDS also held a meeting with the Theatre Commander, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Ali, GOC 7 Division, Maj. Gen. Waidi Shuaibu and other operational commanders.

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He also interacted with wounded soldiers at the military hospital in Maimalari Cantonment. (NAN)

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Former CGS, Lt.-Gen. Oladipo Diya dies at 79




Former Chief of General Staff under Gen. Sani Abacha’s government, retired Lt.-Gen. Oladipo Diya(GCON), is dead.

The former military governor of Ogun died at the age of 79.

His death was announced on Sunday in a statement by his son, Oyesinmilola Diya.

It read, “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear husband, father, grandfather and brother, Lt- Gen.

Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd).

“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of March 26, 2023.

Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period.

Further announcements will be made public in due course,” he said.


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