Military Forces Collaborate To Combat Threats To National Security — COAS
The Nigerian Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, says all branches of the Nigerian military are working in synergy to strategically defeat threats to national security.
Amao stated this on Friday during the graduation of Junior Course 92 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.
The Air Chief, who was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Nigerian Air Force Headquarters, AVM Remigius Ekeh, said the training of the course participants was part of the military’s plan to have tactically grounded professionals to prosecute ongoing operations.
“I would like you to know that the appellation ‘Passed Junior Staff Course’ anywhere in the world implies more responsibilities in the field and staff duties.
“It, therefore, means that you must live up to expectations and jealously guard the high reputation and standard of training that you received in college.
“As you return to your units, organizations and countries, bear in mind that you will be given appointments and responsibilities that would challenge and test the skills you have acquired.
“For officers of the armed forces of Nigeria, your enhanced sense of judgment in applying these skills will even be more useful.
“Especially as the Federal Government continues to work assiduously to ensure the security and safety of the lives and property of its citizenry within the framework of the contemporary security challenges confronting our country,” Amao said.
He congratulated participants from the Armed Forces of Mali, Ghana, Niger Republic, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, and Sierra Leone for completing the course.
Earlier, the Commandant of AFCSC, AVM Ebenezer Alade, said the junior course participants went through intense field training and academic activities designed to develop their command, analytical, and communication skills as tactical level officers.
Alade said the knowledge acquired would equip them to efficiently operate, whether single, jointly, as a multi-agency, or in combined operations.
According to him, the security challenges of today are more complex as they border on unconventional warfare.
Thus, our responsibility as a college is to prepare you to confront and embrace these issues in the years ahead, as the country makes deliberate efforts to combat its security threats.
A total of 251 junior officers graduated after 22 weeks of intensive training. They include 101 officers from the Army; the Nigerian Navy, 60; the Nigerian Air Force, 72; seven allied students, three from the Defence Intelligence Agency; and one each from the Police, Customs, Correctional Service, DSS, FRSC, NPA, EFCC, and NSCDC.