The Army War College Nigeria AWCN yesterday graduated 67 participants of course 2/2018 after 32 weeks of intensive studies.
The participants cut across Nigeria Army,Nigerian Navy,Nigeria Police Force,Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps,Federal Road Safety Corps and Nigeria Immigration Service were equipped with robust professional military education aimed at achieving global best standards in their fields.
Speaking during the graduation ceremony at the Army War College Nigeria in Abuja,the Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin said the joint training allows for a seamless and synergized operations in a contemporary multi agency and multidimensional security environment.
He said the operational level forms the nucleus of security operations as it interfaces between the tactical and strategic levels in the business of security.
General Olonisakin said the training has played a critical role in educating, motivating and professionalizing operational level officers making them effective and efficient operational leaders.
He therefore, assured that the Defence Headquarters will continue to support the Nigerian Army in its quest to continue professionalizing.
“The Defence Headquarters will continue to provide all the necessary tools for the Army to carry out its task in ensuring that Nigeria’s territorial integrity is defended and all forms of threat to security are reduced to the bearest minimum,” he said
He added that meaningful development can only take place where peace is achieved and therefore, charged the graduands to deploy the knowledge gained into tactical missions to achieve the desired objectives.
Speaking on the forthcoming general elections, the CDS urged officers to be apolitical and loyal to constituted authorities and uphold the constitution.
“As the political campaigns are on and the elections that will follow next year, I urge you all to remain loyal and apolitical and continue to support democracy and democratic values by being loyal at all times. It is the duty of all officers and men to be absolutely loyal to constituted authority and uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at all times,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commandant Army War College Nigeria Major General John Enenche said the course designed to bridge the gap in training between the strategic and tactical levels of warfare.
He therefore, charged the participants to resonate the knowledge acquired in the field particularly in tackling unconventional security threats.
LEADERSHIP reports that out of the 67 participants, 61 were drawn from the Army, one from the Navy, two from NSCDC,one from the police, one from the NIS,and one from the FRSC all within the ranks of Lt col, cols and their equivalent from sister agencies.
After the graduation ceremony, the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Tukur Buratai commissioned the Nigerian Army Intelligence Corps (NAIC) Headquarters.
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