Despite recent attacks by the Boko Haram sect, President Muhammadu
Buhari on Friday said Nigeria is progressively winning the war against
He said this in his address as the Special Guest of Honor at the
graduation of 174 military officers of senior course 37 of the Armed
Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji.
The President pointed out the importance of harnessing the strengths of
multiple security actors as demonstrated in the fight against terrorism.
Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari expressed
confidence in the quality of training received by officers in the
institution, which according to him has adequately prepared the military
to confront current threats to national and global security.
He, however, cautioned the officers to be mindful of the “distracting and
diversionary” nature of today’s highly sensitive media environment.
“Some of you will be deployed in crisis-prone areas, for either internal
security or peace support operations outside your country, giving that we
live in a common global environment, you must be conscious of your
actions,” he warned the graduands.
On the global scene, Buhari said Nigeria remains firmly committed to
the maintenance of international peace and security, adding that the
country will continue to collaborate with other governments to promote
peace, stability and development on the African continent and around the
He therefore charged the military to leave up to expectations at all time
and to uphold the nation’s enduring legacy in global peacekeeping
“As members of the armed forces, you have a principal role to play in
protecting the lives and property of our citizens.
“While maintaining internal peace and security remains primarily the
responsibility of the civil police, the scale of the current security
challenges facing our nation requires the military to play a more decisive
role in support of civil power.
“Always remember that ethnicity and religious intolerance are the
greatest threats to our collective security as people and as a nation. I urge
you all to guard against these negative sentiments in the discharge of
your noble duties,” the President counseled.