President Muhammadu Buhari has affirmed that Nigeria is battling with imported security challenges, said to have being brought by foreign elements adding that the nation and indeed the African region had been facing difficult times such as terrorism in the North-east, banditry and other criminal activities across the country.
Penpushing reports that Buhari, stated this at the Graduation of Course 30 of the National Defence College (NDC) on Friday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), stressing that the military and other security agencies have been given directives to decisively deal with all forms of security challenges and secure the nation.
The President who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, added that the military has continued to counter the terrorism that was very prevalent in the North-east which has resulted in the surrendering of thousands of persons who are being managed by government agencies.
“Government is also deeply concerned about the activities of bandits and criminals who have reared their ugly heads in some parts of the country. This is because the number of violent unprovoked attacks on citizens appear to be on the increase. This is unacceptable’, he said.
“Accordingly, we have given strong directive to the military and other security agencies to deal decisively with terrorists, bandits and other enemies of the country. We have also adopted bilateral and multilateral arrangements to tackle the trans-border and maritime crimes 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 all it can to eliminate or apprehend the criminals or bandits, wherever they are,” he added.
Penpushing further reports that, Buhari commended the military authorities for its continuous effort toward raising disciplined and professional leaders for the armed forces, as well as security agencies and Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The President noted that the college had since its establishment 30 years ago, continued to fulfil its mandate and had grown to be at par with similar colleges across the world, just as he encouraged participants to deploy the knowledge they had acquired in making useful suggestions toward addressing the challenges in their areas of responsibility.
Penpushing also reports that, Buhari speaking at the event which had 102 participants drawn from the military, paramilitary, security and intelligence agencies as well as as well as 16 allied countries among others gave assurance that the government would remain committed to providing needed resources for the security agencies to carry out their assigned tasks at all time.
The Rear Admiral Bashir, in his remarks disclosed that the participants comprised of 28 from the Nigerian Army; 20 from Nigerian Navy; five from Nigerian Air Force; 29 from strategic institutions/MDAs and 20 international participants.
Penpushing reports that, he added that the college had trained the finest from the military, security agencies and MDAs both from within and outside the country since its inception in 1992, adding that some had distinguished themselves in their careers.
‘For participants of course 30, this mission was achieved through the pathway of study in nine modules comprising research methodology and strategic writing, state and social political environments, economy and finance, science and technology, international affairs and regional studies.
‘Others are policy strategy and national security, military history and conflict studies, peace supports operations and higher defence management. The modules were delivered in form of lectures, seminars, study tours, research papers and studies under a broad theme, ‘a Whole of Society Approach to Enhancing Human Security in Nigeria’.The course also involved exercises that stimulated real-life scenarios and the review of the National Defence and Security Policies,” he said.
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