The National Defence College Nigeria, the highest Military Institution in Nigeria recently hosted a four star female Admiral at the College. The Admiral was at the College to deliver a lecture on Women, Peace and Security to Participants of NDC Course 26 and selected Senior Officers from the Armed Forces, Police, Ministries, Departments and Agencies. Admiral Michelle Howard is the first African American woman to command a ship in the United States Navy and also the first woman to be promoted to the amiable rank of a four star Admiral in the United States Navy.
Admiral Howard, the Commander Allied Joint Force Command Naples and Commander United States Forces Europe and Africa was received by the Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo. While delivering her lecture, Admiral Howard spoke explicitly on gender mainstreaming within the Armed Forces in relation to various national and international conventions on military warfare and other issues and platforms contingent on the attainment of global peace and security.
The Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Osinowo while making his remarks said the visit of Admiral Howard to the College and the choice of the lecture on Women, Peace and Security no doubt provided a unique opportunity for the audience to hear from a personality that has risen to the pinnacle of her career as an enviable four star Admiral in the United States Navy. The Commandant described the Admiral as a role model and one of the best personalities to speak on gender issues, as well as on mentorship to the women folk who hold on to a dream of fulfilling a career in the military and in other endeavours.
Commandant NDC Nigeria, Rear Admiral AA Osinowo making
a souvenir presentation to Admiral Michelle Howard
The Commandant further remarked that in “contemporary terms, we live in an era of mutatory and migratory threats to security both within and across national boundaries”. He further mentioned that one of the glaring consequences of the attendant conflicts to this trend of insecurity is that women and girls suffer the impact the most. He reiterated that women are also targets of other specific forms of violence and abuse including sexual violence and exploitation. Rear Admiral Osinowo concluded that in order to address the problem of violence against women, there is a compelling need to promote gender perspectives to conflict prevention and resolution, peace building, peace keeping, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.
Holistically, the guest speaker said that over time, the United Nations has recognized the conditions of women in the scene as an indicator of whether or not they can achieve peace and stability, and that nations can only have to operate to understand the conditions of women on the ground and understand how nations can make life better for women and children in order to achieve peace and security. She was accompanied by the United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Stuart Symington alongside other high profile dignitaries.
Admiral Michelle Howard in a Group Photography with members of Faculty of NDC Nigeria