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Defence Policy, Critical Component of National Security – Permanent Secretary MOD

The Defence policy has been described as a critical component of National Security and Economic growth in the country. The Permanent Secretary (Perm Sec), Ministry of Defence, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar kana disclosed this while delivering a lecture for participants of Course 32, National Defence College on the topic “Defence Policy Implementation in Nigeria” at Abacha Hall of the College in Abuja.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Dr. Ibrahim Abubakar Kana (center) responding to questions posed by the Participants during the Central Discussion Session after he delivered his lecture


The Perm Sec said the Defence Policy implementation in Nigeria is of utmost importance to the security and well-being of the country and very critical as it plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and security of  citizens of Nigeria as well as the integrity of the nation. Dr Kana noted that the policy remains  one of the most important functions of the Federal Government which  provides a framework for managing the nation’s security architecture and protecting its citizens.

Continuing, the Permanent Secretary said implementation of Defence Policy is a complex and multifaceted task that requires the coordination and cooperation of various stakeholders, both within and outside the military establishment noting that Nigeria, like many other nations, faces a range of security challenges in the country. These challenges according to him, include terrorism, insurgency, communal conflicts, organized crime and other forms of violent extremism among others. He suggested a comprehensive and integrated approach that involves formulating and implementing appropriate Defence Policies to tackle the various security threats.

Dr Kana added that  Nigerian Government has developed various Defence policies to ensure the nation’s security and territorial integrity over the years which he said has been instrumental in maintaining peace and security in the country.

The Commandant, Rear Admiral Olumuyiwa Olotu in his remarks commended the Permanent Secretary for doing justice to the topic which he said has critical points that could give the nation a brighter future direction in the Defence sector. Admiral Olotu added that the lecture delivered would be of great benefit for the  participants of the Course 32 in the discharge of their constitutional roles as future Strategic leaders.