The National Defence College has inaugurated 116 participants of Course 31 at the College, including 21 international participants from 20 friendly countries within and outside Africa. Speaking at the Inauguration Ceremony in Abuja, the Special Guest of Honour, Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd) said the Inauguration Lecture was part of the activities lined up to kick start the course, saying that foreign participation in the course would further strengthen the relationship between Nigeria and friendly nations.
General Magashi (rtd) stated that building resilience for risks that may threaten national security has remained a major priority of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. While delivering lectures on Building Resilience Economy in the Contemporary Security Environment: Strategic Operations for Nigeria. The Guest Speaker, Professor Magnus Kpakol advocated for more knowledge base to educate officers towards addressing challenges facing the country.
In his remarks, the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Murtala Bashir said the lecture was an enduring tradition to formally launch the participants into the course and to admit them into the college culture of scholarship. Rear Admiral Bashir, stressed that the College promotes research and strategic level discourse on contemporary and thematic areas of international, regional and national security, adding that the College also holds the annual inauguration lecture where internationally acclaimed political leaders, academics and subject experts present their views and experiences on topical issues.