COAS inaugurates Course 7/2023 AWCN, challenged them to tackle insecurity


By Joy Odor

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya has told students of Course 7/2021 of Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) to remain focused and apply themselves towards maximizing the benefits of the rich course content of the college.

COAS made the request in his speech while inaugurating the Course 7/2021 of Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) in Abuja on Friday.

Lt. Gen. Yahaya informed that the content of the course would no doubt assist in equipping the participants with the requisite expertise to plan and execute military operations in the theatres.

The COAS enjoined them to also leverage on the jointness in the training for enhanced synergy with Services and other security agencies in the conduct of operations.

He challenged the participants to imbibe all that is gained from the repository of this great institution so as to adequately bring pragmatic solutions to bear when confronted by such problems in the field.

In his words, “It is highly envisaged that by the end of your course, you all would have joined the elite league of critical thinkers who strive not only to identify challenges bedevilling our dear nation but to proffer possible strategies or solutions that would succinctly mitigate the challenges” he hammered.

Earlier, the Commandant of Army War College, Major General BA Alabi explained that AWCN was established to bridge the knowledge gap between the tactical and strategic levels of leadership across the Services.

This gap according to him, gave rise to the need to produce well-trained, educated and inspired operational-level leaders for the Nigerian Army ( NA)

General Alabi also reaffirmed that the gap would no doubt positions the NA to respond to the increasing need for integrated political/military response in contemporary and future battle spaces.

The Commandant also congratulated the students and reminded them that the task before them on the course is enormous and the stakes are high.

He encouraged them to exert themselves cognitively to add value to the solutions being sought for the numerous problems which the NA, Services and other security agencies are confronted with at the operational level.

Highlight of the event was a well-packaged lecture with the theme “The Role of the Nigerian Army in National Development” which was delivered by the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General OA Ihejirika (rtd).

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