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Published On: Thu, Dec 18th, 2014

Rep calls for review of national defence policy

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By Etuka Sunday

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Sokoto North/South Federal Constituency, Hon Umar Mohammed Bature has called for the review of the National Defence Policy of the country.

This he disclosed would enhance defence standards and quality of service.

Hon. Bature who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Interior made the call in a goodwill message at the second memorial service of former National Security Adviser (NAS), Gen. Andrew Owoye Azazi yesterday in Abuja.

The former army staff turned politician said, “When he (Azazi) became the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), I was the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Defence and he had to appear before me.

“I sat with him and said we need to review the National Defence Policy of Nigeria and he accepted, that policy was developed by him and sent to the then President Umaru Musa Yar’adua for assent.

“Till date, we have not passed that as a policy but he developed it.

“The idea was his and I wish it will develop to what we have today in Nigeria,” he said.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Dr. Godknows Igali who organised the event in commemoration of Azazi’s service to humanity indulge those present to embrace hard work towards improving the lives of Nigerians in various capacities.

Earlier, former Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Rtd Gen. Azubike Ihejerika dismissed claims that one could buy defence power stating that the Nigerian Army can only be built upon and improved over time.

He said, “Gen. Azazi thought me that we cannot buy military or combat power. I am not sure if we can buy electric power… We can only build it.”

Ihejerika said Azazi who was committee Chairman of the Nigerian Army in the Next Decade in 2005 worked towards transforming the army. He said, “When I became COAS, I realised that those reasons that caused for setting up the Committee still existed. That was why then I came up with vision of transforming the army, a vision I could not completely achieve also.

 

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