Nigerian President exhorts military to adopt new doctrine as they continue contesting with terrorists and separatists on the African continent
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has called on the military to change its approach in combating terrorism and insurgency in speech to graduating students at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCS), Jaji in Kaduna, Friday.
Tinubu noted that change in tactics has become necessary because the countries in the region are battling a “mobile and elusive irregular force” that disregards established rules of warfare.
He was referring to the Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) consisting of Nigeria, Cameroon, the Niger Republic, and Chadian forces combatting trans border armed banditry and terrorism in the Lake Chad basin since 1994.
”We must also be brave enough to reform military doctrine and practice. We do not face a conventional army on the traditional field of battle. No, we contend against mobile, elusive irregular forces that disdain the normal rules of warfare.
”We must adjust accordingly to subdue the menace. This shall require a change in mindset, in strategy, in tactics in equipment and in gear.” Tinubu stated.
With insurgency mounting in the south east and increased terror and bandit attacks in parts of the country, the Nigerian president vowed to deploy the entire power of the state to ensure security, justice, and democratic prosperity.
Tinubu pressed African militaries to defend the continent against geo-political shifts and resource control.
”We live in a moment of flux. Geopolitical change is afoot. Old alliances and assumptions are being tested as new ones are being shaped. Trade and global economic activity are fast, yet fragile and easily disrupted by war, weather or pandemic.
”Underlying it all is the often unspoken but urgent competition for precious resources. Water, food, gold, oil and other items have all been placed in contest.
”In too many instances, the contest turns violent. Areas that should blossom into economic prosperity and hope become factories of pillage and oppression.” he stated.
The 291 graduating officers the Nigerian president implored, had the prerequisite training to take on these 21st century challenges confronting Africa.
Among the graduates were civil servants from ministries and parastatals and military officers from Asia.
Kaduna State Governor, Senator Uba Sani, National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Dr. Ibrahim Kana, all the Service Chiefs and members of the Diplomatic Corps were present at the graduating ceremony.
Akowe with reports from Abuja