The Former Head of State Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (GCFR) recently poured encomium to the National Defence College Nigeria on the occasion of the Public Presentation and Launch of the Book titled, Iconic Soldier and Peacemaker: A biography of General Martin Luther Agwai. The Public Book Presentation took place at the National Defence College Main Auditorium. General Abubakar advised the College to sustain the novel feat of the leadership series publication which will promote values required of leaders.
The Book was culminated from the findings from research efforts embarked upon by the College that there are significant gaps in the fundamentals of leadership. The Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo said, apparently the novel effort of the College to contribute to the society and the world over in closing the intellectual gaps in the leadership space is worthy of commendation. The commandant asserted that the National Defence College board in December 2017 approved the activation of the Strategic Leadership Research Series. He added that the series was conceived to produce biographies, memoirs and monographs to document the experiences of selected serving or retired military and civilian personalities in strategic leadership position with a view to drawing lessons for posterity. The Commandant assured the mammoth crowd that attended the Book Presentation that the College will continue to publish the leadership series by considering another prominent personality that has distinguished him or herself in the society.
The Public Presentation and Launch of the Book titled Iconic soldier and Peacemaker was first in the Leadership series in the College. The occasioned was graced by personalities from all walks of life.
The High commissioner of India to Nigeria, His Excellency Abhah Thakur solicits National Defence College Nigeria to move beyond bilateral capacity training of strategic level senior officer to close information sharing between Think Tanks of both countries. He made this remarks when he paid a courtesy call on the Commandant National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo. His Excellency, asserted that prior to his appointment as the High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, he was the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius. He also added that there is need for strategic cooperation aside the official forum of discussion that has been going on between the 2 countries.
The Commandant while making his remarks commended the effort of the High Commissioner for his timely settling down within a period of less than 2 months and deeming it necessary to pay a courtesy call on him. The Commandant concluded that India is one of the top nations Nigeria has related with
The Acting Chairman Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu said corruption is a global phenomenon with deep historical roots. It is as old as mankind and became visible when governmental institutions emerged in human society. He made this remarks during the lecture he delivered to participants of National Defence College Nigeria course 27. He reiterated that, corruption should not be regarded as peculiar to Nigeria. Its existence and various forms of manifestations is part of a worldwide trend. Nevertheless, corruption has been spreading like an epidemic in Nigeria in recent years and has produced far reaching negative social consequences. It is a dreadful crime that undermines democracy and the rule of law, distorts markets, deepens poverty, widens income inequality, erodes the quality of life of citizens and encourages organized crime and other vices, he added.
He emphasized during the lecture, that it has become necessary for us to fight corruption with the urgency and seriousness it deserves. The Chairman therefore lauded the National Defence College for the invitation to make the presentation on “Corruption and Anti-Corruption Strategies in Nigeria: The Way Forward”, as timely and important. He further emphasized that concerted effort towards fighting corruption by Federal Government of Nigeria began many years ago. The basis for such intervention was derived from two sources, viz, the existence of massive corruption in society and Section 16 (5) of the Nigerian Constitution which states that: “The State shall eradicate all corrupt practices and abuse of power.” Hence, it became a constitutional duty for Federal Government of Nigeria to spearhead the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
The EFCC Chairman added that a combination of several factors was responsible for the establishment of the EFCC in 2003. One factor was the long history of corruption in Nigeria that inflicted so much damage on our society, transforming the country into a haven of money laundering. The second was the need to curb massive corruption and lack of accountability in the private and public sectors. The third was the blacklisting of Nigeria, along with 22 other countries, as a Non-Cooperating Territory by the Financial Action Task Force, which threatened to shut down the inflow of direct foreign investment.
Similarly, the Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo said that corruption has continued to have negative impact on economic development, increases social inequality and aggravates political instability in nationhood and therefore advised participants of course 27 being trained as strategic leaders to take the crusade of anti-corruption seriously when they get to the field. He added that President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the challenge of corruption in a serious dimension. He concluded that, the President has demonstrated the political will by giving a free hand to the anti-corruption agencies to operate freely without restrictions.