Buhari calls for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling insecurity

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday called for greater synergy among African leaders in tackling the problem of insecurity in the continent.

In an address at the graduation of 182 military officers and non-military personnel from the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, President Buhari said that since the nature of security challenges in the continent are mainly trans-border, it has become “imperative that African countries work together” to deal with the problems.

He said “as the world shrinks into a global village with the advancement of technology, nations cannot afford but work closely with each other in pursuit of their national interests.”

Citing the achievements of the Multinational Joint Task Force operation in the Lake Chad Basin, President Buhari said such collaborations is what is needed to deal with the problem of global insecurity.

He noted that although Nigeria is having a fair share of the global insecurity, the Federal Government is determined, through capacity building, to tackle the challenges, adding that his administration will continue to give priority to the training of members of the armed forces to continue to effectively perform their constitutional duties to the nation.

President Buhari specifically commended members of the Armed Forces for their roles in fighting insecurity in the country, stressing that “the Armed Forces have continued to be the bastion of our national unity.”

In an earlier address at the ceremony, the Commandant of the College, Air Vice Marshal Lawal Alao, said the curriculum of the college has been upgraded to reflect the present global reality in counter terrorism and counter insurgency.

He noted that the college was established to train senior military officers as well as other personnel in government agencies to deal with increasing responsibilities both in staff and command appointments.

A breakdown of the 182 military officers and non-military personnel who participated in the Senior Course 40 of the College indicates that 11 were international officers from 11 countries in Africa, 83 from the Nigeria Army, 43 from the Nigerian Navy and 39 from the Nigerian Air Force. Also, six Nigerian non-military personnel participated in the programme.

Since the inception of the AFCSC in 1976, a total of 15,943 military and civilian personnel have gone through the senior and junior officers' courses at the college.
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26 juillet 2018 15:00:53

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