By George Odok
The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd), has charged graduands of the Naval Warfare Course 4 to imbibe practical and pragmatic approach to overcoming security threats in the country.
Magashi gave the charge on Friday in Calabar during the graduation ceremony of 21 participants of the Naval War College Nigeria (NWCN) Course 4.
The Minister, who was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olanisakin, said that Nigeria has been beset with threats that have affected the overall security of the nation.
According to him, the threats were not peculiar to Nigeria alone, adding that it was a manifestation of the “fifth generation warfare” also known as “hybrid warfare”.
He explained that the Armed Forces of Nigeria was engaged in operations across the country to curtail the myriads of security challenges.
He charged the graduands to understand and situate themselves in the ever changing character of conflicts and the complexities of the global contemporary security environment.
“The expected training outcomes would be seen in the capacity of the graduands, as they imbibe practical and pragmatic approach to overcoming security threats to our existence as a nation.
“I avail this opportunity to salute the efforts of the Armed Forces and indeed the Nigerian Navy for its significant contributions towards improving national security both in the hinterland and across the nation’s maritime domain,” he said.
Speaking, the Commandant of NWCN, Rear Adm. Adeseye Ayobanjo, said that the mission of the College is “to develop senior naval leaders and equivalent from other services as operational level commanders with thorough appreciation of complex national security problems, who are prepared to make sound decisions in the application of maritime force as a policy option”.
He said that to achieve the mission, the College is mandated to run various courses, one of which is the Naval Warfare Course and with its participants drawn from the Navy, Air Force and Navy.
“Today graduation ceremony formally mark the successful completion of yet another Naval Warfare Course which is the fourth since the establishment of the College in May 2017.
“So far, the college has trained and graduated a total of 47 officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. Course 1 had 15 officers, Course 2 had 14 officers and Course 3 had 18 officers.
“Today, the 21 graduands of Naval Warfare Course 4 will be joining the list of the Naval Warfare graduates of the Naval War College Nigeria.
“The Naval Warfare Course 4 commenced online on April 24th 2020 after an earlier postponement due to the onset of COVID-19 pandemic in the country
“Subsequently, the participants assembled in Calabar on same June 2020 following the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown by the Federal Government,” he said.
Naval warfare Course 4 is made up of 21 participants, comprising of 18 officers of the Nigerian Navy, two from the Nigerian Army and one from the Air Force.
He charged them to show exceptional character of the NWCN as they return to sea, land and air services.
In his goodwill message, Deputy Governor of Cross River, Prof. Ivara Esu, thanked the Eastern Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy in Calabar for its contribution towards peace building in the state.
He added that the graduation ceremony showed the importance the naval authority placed on training.
NAN reports that the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas and other Service Chiefs in the state were in attendance.