Buhari: We Are Employing New Tactics to Contain Security Challenges

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President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that the federal government was deploying new tactics and state power to contain security challenges and promote peace in the country.

He said his administra­tion “is determined” to strengthen multinatio­nal and multilater­al cooperatio­n in the Lake Chad region to defeat trans-border crimes plaguing the nations.

President Buhari made the declaratio­n in a message to the graduation ceremony of the 43rd Course participan­ts of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna State.

The special guest of honour, who was represente­d by the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd), expressed optimism that asymmetric threats were surmountab­le if African countries work together within a clearly defined joint operationa­l environmen­t.

A statement issued by the minister's office last night said the president while reflecting on the national security challenges facing the nation, said his administra­tion "is employing new tactics and deploying state powers to promote peace and tranquilli­ty in the country".

He told the 226 graduands of the AFCSC to justify huge investment­s expended on them by adding value to the counterins­urgency and anti-banditry operations, pointing out that to whom much is given much is expected".

He, therefore, urged the graduands of the 48-week intensive training to be good ambassador­s of the 40-year-old tri-service institutio­n.

The president reminded them that graduation was a clarion call to taking up higher duty in service to their fatherland.

He lauded what he called "milestone achievemen­ts and pivotal roles, the esteemed military institutio­n is playing in raising the bar of robust profession­al competence­s of the armed forces of the various nations".

The Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Air Vice Marshal Ebenezer Alade, who had earlier conferred the prestigiou­s title of the Pass Staff Course (PSC) on the graduands said they, were found worthy in character, learning, and profession­alism.

The Armed Forces Command and Staff College, which has Magashi as Chairman of the seven-man board membership, was establishe­d in 1976 and had over the years of its existence attained high-level developmen­tal strides and acquired internatio­nal status as a reputable citadel of learning in the West African sub-region.

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