Army War College, Nigeria graduates 63 Officers of Course 5, 2021; Defence Minister hails impact on Mid-Cadre Commanders as Pivotal in tackling Insecurity.

The Army War College, Nigeria on Friday, 26th November 2021 graduated a total of 63 participants of its Course 5, with the Minister of Defence, Major Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd) stating that the importance of the Army War College in preparing and producing officers at the operational and doctrinal levels is proving pivotal at this period of new and emerging security challenges. 


Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mr Musa Istifanus, the minister disclosed that despite the myriads of threats confronting the country including armed banditry, kidnapping and seccesionists threats, “a lot of progress is being made in ongoing military operations in the North East and various theatres”.


The minister said ” These successes are due to the jointness and working in synergy which has been adopted by the armed forces of Nigeria.


He disclosed that as a result of the spread of the security challenges in the country and the resolve of the federal government to bring about peace and create an account enabling environment, the armed forces of Nigeria are now deployed in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.


The minister commended troops who have continued to exhibit unparralelled commitment and determination in confronting all adversaries threatening the peace and stability noting the federal government will remain committed to supporting the armed forces.


“That is why the Ministry of Defence will continue to support the Army War College, Nigeria and others like the Naval War College and the Airforce War Colleges to achieve the mandates and set objectives”.


In welcome address, Commandant, Army War College, Major General Solomon Effiong Udounwa expressed delight at the graduation of the officers noting that “In the last 35 weeks, these officers drawn from our armed forces, security agencies and friendly countries have undergone professional military education to prepare them for responsibilities in future and operational leadership positions”.


He continued, ” Through lectures, exercises, tours, seminars and symposia amongst other activities, they have critically examined theories and strategies, concepts and systems in the fields of national security, interagency cooperation  collaboration, leadership, decision making and conflict analysis to mention a few.


“They have also undertaken in-depth analysis of contemporary security issues and applied critical thinking skills to proffer solutions to some of the daunting security challenges facing our dear nation.


“This is in tandem with the College’s mandate, which seek to build capacity of mid-Cadre officers  operational art and management of war as well as the development of their basic strategic skills in the employment of land power in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental and multinational environment”


In a goodwill address delivered virtually, the Commandant of the US Army War College, Major Gen David Hill commended the Army War College Nigeria for the productive working synergy existing between the both military institutions.


He particularly congratulated AWCN for the cooperation in Faculty development, Doctrine and Operational work.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Faruk Yahaya who is the Chairman, governing board, Army War College, was the Guest of Honour while the minister of Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika and NAOWA President, Hajia Salamatu Faruk Yahaya also graced the occasion.


A breakdown of the graduating officers showed that 50 are from the Nigerian Army, 2 each from the Navy and Airforce, others are from the Defence Intelligence Agency, NSCDC, FRSC, while foreign participants came from DR Congo, Liberia, Togo and Niger Republic.


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