The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, His Excellency, Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd), in his lecture for the National Defence College (NDC) Course 22 Participants, has stressed the importance of effective and efficient military leadership in maintaining and sustaining national security. He made the assertion on Monday, 2 June 2014 at the Abacha Hall of the College.
Admiral Jonah in his lecture entitled “Military Leadership and National Security in Nigeria: Issues and Prospects”, emphasized the pivotal role of quality Military leadership in containing threats to national security, reiterating that “the quality of Military leadership plays prominent role in the outcome of wars and, indeed the fate of nations”.
The Guest Lecturer, who was the former Commandant of NDC, posited that “the continuous relevance and survival of Nigeria would be largely determined by the state of her national security and the role of her Military as an instrument of national power”. He called for radical change in both orientation and training of Military leaders in line with the contemporary security challenges.
The lecture highlighted the overview of Military leadership and national security in Nigeria, the implications of contemporary developments on Military leadership and national and issues on Military leadership and Nigeria’s security where he focused on crisis management, cooperation with other civil and paramilitary agencies, civil-military relations, rule of law and Human Rights. Other areas the lecture shed more lights on Military leadership were the challenges and the future perspectives.
Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral GJ Jonah (rtd), responding to questions possed by NDC Participants after his lecture
Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral GJ Jonah (rtd), inspecting the quarter guard on arrival at the College
The erudite General in his well researched lecture submitted that “the Military leadership in Nigeria will in the foreseeable future continue to grapple with a number of challenges one of which is how to balance the demand for more Military services with the decreasing availability of funding for the many needs of the Military. Consequently, he urged the Participants who are being prepared as future Military and strategic leaders to strive to find more effective ways to tackle new security challenges that are daily confronting the Country and threatening its continued existence as one indivisible entity.
The lecture which was part of a serious of lectures designed to prepare Participants for leadership lived up to its billings in every respect because of its rich contents.
The Commandant, NDC, Rear Admiral Ndidi Patrick Agholor, eulogized the guest lecturer for his in-depth and educative lecture, which he described as a classic example of a well researched work. Admiral Agholor, particularly thanked the retired Admiral for the unparalleled sacrifices he made to honour the invitation to deliver the lecture.