As 187 new officers were commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday, Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has warned military officers and men that, beyond taking pride in their uniform and weapons, they must defend Nigeria with their lives.
He said, the military career which is to defend the territorial integrity of the country, is the most civic service and beyond just earning salary and getting a chance to wear a coveted uniform, but putting their lives on the line for the safety and welfare of millions of Nigerians.
Professor Osinbajo Stated this while he served at the Reviewing Officer at the Passing Out Parade of the Direct Short Service Course 28 of 2019, held at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna.
He, however, told the new military officers that, Nigeria was still grappling with an insurgency in the Northeast, and the challenges of kidnapping and armed banditry in other parts of the country. Adding that, in weeks and months ahead, they will be extremely busy, fulfilling their responsibilities to the military and the nation.
According to the Vice President, “As you already know, this profession you have chosen requires absolute discipline, loyalty and hard work. It is much more than just securing a job, or earning a salary; and more than just getting the chance to wear a coveted uniform or wield coveted weapons. This is the ultimate form of civic service to defend the territorial integrity of your country and to put your life on the line for the safety and welfare of millions of your countrymen and women. There is no nobler occupation than this one you have chosen.
“You are passing out at a time when our nation is grappling with an insurgency in the Northeast, and the challenges of kidnapping and armed banditry in other parts of the country. You will, therefore, have come to terms with the fact that the days and weeks and months ahead of you will be extremely busy, as you fulfil your responsibilities to the military and the nation.
“While the armed forces have effectively contained the territorial ambitions of the Boko Haram terrorists by substantially degrading their capacity to attack and wreak havoc – they remain intent on shedding blood and sowing fear. There is also the threat of the Islamic State of West Africa Province ISWAP in the Lake Chad Islands and part of Southern Borno.
“Also, more often these days these insurgents are focusing on soft targets, opportunistic attacks on isolated military units, as well as on increasingly sophisticated propaganda aimed at making them out to be more organized and lethal than they really are.
“This ever-increasing reliance on propaganda is a reminder that this is not only a ‘battleground’ war; it is just as much an information-and-narrative war. Winning hearts and minds has always been important in military warfare; it is even more so in a century defined by information and communication technologies.
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“As 21st-century military officers, how you project your strength and confidence to your enemies and the world, especially using social and digital media tools, is as important as the sophistication of the conventional arms and ammunition that you wield.
“But to do so effectively also means that you must take the time and trouble to fully understand the nature of the threats that confront us, the narratives and philosophies that underlie those threats”.
He informed that the President in collaboration with State governors has been reviewing the security architecture of the country, which he said involved not just the armed forces but in particular the Police who have recently announced their community policing strategy.
“This initiative involves the recruitment and training of policemen in each local government and ensuring that such new policemen remain in their local governments working with local and traditional authorities to maintain peace and security.
“As the President has said, Security is a twenty-four hour occupation involving continuous investments in strategy and innovation. We will continue to take all necessary measures to tackle all forms of criminality across the country and to safeguard lives and property of all Nigerians.
“The Nigerian Air Force will, as part of the Armed Forces, continued to be at the forefront of our national security interventions. I note in particular the extremely successful digitally accurate bombings of terrorist hideouts In April the destruction of Boko Haram mechanic workshop in Borno
“In May, the airstrikes on Tumbun Hamma on the fringes of Lake Chad, inflicting heavy casualties on ISWAP forces under Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE In June airstrikes on Sambisa Forest further eliminating insurgents
“It is particularly commendable that you are adopting measures to ensure that the resources available to you are used judiciously; in a manner that delivers optimal results and maximum value for money.
“This nation is great and can only become greater. We are Africa’s largest economy by GDP – states of Nigeria have larger economies than many African States. We have become the last frontier for major economic growth.
“We are the world’s largest growers of Cassava and yams, we are top 5 in the world in sorghum, millet, we are approaching self-sufficiency in paddy rice production. Our potential in Technology and entertainment has been attracting huge attention.
“First is the market, at 174 million GSM phones we are top ten telephone users in the world, and we have the highest percentage of people who use internet on their phones in the world, we are also number 2 in mobile internet banking in the world, 17 million Nigerians are on Facebook.
Ben Bruce Hails Buhari’s ‘No Visa Policy’
A former lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for allowing all Africans to come to Nigeria without Visa from January 2020.
President Buhari while attending a peace and development summit in Egypt, announced the country will begin issuing visas on arrival for all African nationals.
If this policy comes into effect it would be a major boon for the continent-wide push to ensure freer movement of Africans.
Reacting to the No Visa Policy on Thursday, Murray-Bruce urged Buhari to extend ‘no visa policy’ to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.
In a tweet on his official Twitter page on Monday, Ben Bruce wrote: “I commend President
@MBuhari for his visa free policy to all citizens of African Union member nations. I first suggested this in my Right of Return Bill. I urge the President to go the whole hog and extend this to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.”
I commend President @MBuhari for his visa free policy to all citizens of African Union member nations. I first suggested this in my Right of Return Bill. I urge the President to go the whole hog and extend this to all people of Black African origin in the Diaspora.
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) December 12, 2019
BREAKING: Senate Probes DSS Invasion Of Court, Rearrest Of Sowore
The Senate has begun probe into the action of the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS following the rearrest of pro-democracy campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, at the premises of a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Consequently, the Senate on Thursday mandated its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters chaired by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, All Progressives Congress, APC, Ekiti Central to carry out a holistic investigation into the matter and report back in one week.
Resolution of the Senate was sequel to a point of Order on the issue raised by Senator Bamidele on the invasion.
Bamidele came under Order 43 of the Senate Standing Orders as Amended that did not allow for contributions from other Senators.
Sowore: Nigeria Is Not Answerable To US, UK, EU — Femi Adesina
The Special Adviser on Media Affairs and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Femi Adesina has stated that Nigeria is a sovereign nation therefore not answerable to the US, UK or EU regarding cases of human rights abuses.
This statement was uttered by Femi Adesina when he appeared on Channels TV on Wednesday night, December 11th as a guest.
The statement he made was in reference to comments from the EU, UK and the US on the invasion of the Federal High Court Abuja by men of the Department of State Services to re-arrest the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.
Adesina said: “We are not answerable to the US, the UK or the EU. We are Nigeria, a sovereign country. Those countries and entities have issues of their own. Let them deal with their issues. Let Nigeria also deal with her internal issues. We are not answerable to them.”
He went on to speak about Wole Soyinka’s criticisms against the regime of the President, stating that the Nobel laureate was free to express his opinion.
“We respect Prof. Soyinka. You don’t have too many of them in the country or even on the continent. He is an avatar and he is well respected but his opinion will remain his opinion. It will be considered and if there are things to act on, we will act on them,” he said.
When asked to comment on the recent attack on his senior colleague, Garba Shehu by the first lady, Aisha Buhari, Adesina said he will not be able to comment as he is not the person that was attacked by the first lady. He went on to add that the President’s family is off limits except the President directs him speak on the issue.