The success story of the Nigerian unbroken democracy from 1999 till date has received admiration of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of The Gambia, His Excellency Adama Barrow. The President lauded Nigerian unbroken democratic transition and called on the people of Africa and the Gambia to learn from the Nigerian democratic experience. He made the call recently at the State House of Gambia in Banjul when the Commandant National Defence College (NDC), Nigeria, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri paid him a courtesy call along with Participants of NDC Course 28.
The Commandant, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri presenting a souvenir to the President and the C-in-C
of the Gambian Armed Forces, His Excellency Adama Barrow during the courtesy call of
the President at the State House, Banul - Gambia
According to the President, ”Africa should learn from Nigeria and The Gambia should learn from Nigeria’s success in transitioning from military rule to democracy. Nigeria has succeeded in building a great democracy through building strong institutions and depoliticising the military.” He further noted that the diversity of the Corps of Participants in NDC reflects a steady approach to integration of the continent.
The visit was part of activities of the Regional Study Tour of the College for Participants of Course 28 which was conducted successfully recently. The Tour had 107 Participants of the Course divided into 5 Teams to visit 5 African countries from 9-15 February 2020. The Tour is an integral part of Module 5 of the Course Curriculum (International Affairs and Regional Studies) of the College envisioned to promote functional understanding of the regional environment for security and development.
The Deputy Commandant, National Defence College, Major General AE Attu (left) presenting
a souvenir to the Chief of Defence Staff, Ghana Lt Gen Obed Akwa during the visit to the
CDS Ghana on the occassion of Regional Study Tour to Ghana
The specific objectives of the tour were to facilitate participants’ understanding of specific contemporary themes of security and development in various countries visited; Enable Participants to analyze the dynamics of geopolitical relationship especially as it relates to relations of the country visited with Nigeria; Enhanced Participants’ understanding of international politics and how it impacts on the nation visited; Broaden Participants’ appreciation of crucial issues of geopolitical, social and economic importance on the global scene and how these impact on Nigeria’s national security and development; Draw lessons for Nigeria security and development. The countries visited were Benin Republic, Senegal, Cote d’lvoire, Ghana and The Gambia.
Federal Government has reiterated Commitment to invest massively in human capital development.
This was disclosed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, while delivering lecture to the participants of course 28 recently at the College in Abuja.
Professor Yemi Osibajo, Vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria
The lecture titled: Economic Dimension of National Security: The Nigerian Experience, was part of Module 6 programme of the College tagged Policy Strategy, Statecraft and National Security.
During the lecture, the Vice President informed the audience that there was government effort to boost local Innovation, as well as productivity and the emergence of an entrepreneurial revolution in the country.
Commandant, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri Welcomes Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibajo
He added that, the government is also committed to developing high value skills, such as in ICT, Healthcare and other professional services.
Commandant making a presentation to the Vice President
The Executive Governor of Borno State, His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umar Zulum was a guest at the National Defence College recently when he spoke as a Guest Lecturer at the College during the Module 6 programme of the College tagged Policy Strategy, Statecraft and National Security for participants of Course 28.
Prof Zulum being Welcomed to the College by the Commandant
Professor Zulum spoke on Strategic Leadership: The Challenges of Insurgency in Borno State. Delivering the lecture, Prof. Zulum cited other literature on strategic leadership and exhaustively discussed on them. He stated that “A strategic leader must be a strategic listener and reader. A strategic thinker must also be a strategic learner. A strategic leader must be willing to hear the truth and to learn. However, telling the truth and accepting the truth has been our major problems in Nigeria. Some people will never tell you the truth when you are in power and honestly, many of us in power also do not want to hear the truth. We prefer to be told what we like to hear and that is a serious deficit in strategic leadership”. He further added that the unwillingness of persons in the corridors of power to tell leaders the truth about issues and the unwillingness of leaders themselves to hear the truth are some of the major problems confronting leadership in Nigeria.
Prof Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State
The Governor informed the participants about issues relating to the Boko Haram challenges and listed destructions caused by the insurgents including the emergence of 59,311 orphans whose fathers were killed and 59,213 widows that lost husbands to the insurgency in different parts of Borno.
However, Prof. Zulum used the platform to acquaint the College community about his immediate, short-and long-term strategic plan, in confronting the challenges of insurgency in the State. According to him, these include investing heavily in security, enrolling out of school children into existing and new mega schools, placing a ban on political thuggery with jobs being created as an alternative.
Prof Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State being presented
with a Plaque by the Commandant, Rear Admiral MM Kadiri
The Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Mackson Makanju Kadiri, while appreciating the Governor for the lecture thank him for honouring the invitation by the College and extol his exemplary leadership style which has earned him so much respect and admiration within the few months he has served as the Governor of Borno State.