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Published On: Sun, Dec 21st, 2014

Terrorism, not here to stay – Minimah

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…Wife calls for prayers against insurgency

From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna and James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah has said that, terrorism is a global security threat, which is not meant to stay in Nigeria, but pass to other parts of the world.

He said, terrorism did not start in Nigeria, as many other countries of the world have had to contend with same challenge in the past.

The Nigerian Army Chief stated this during the graduation of 151 armed forces officers from Junior Course 78/2014 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, Kaduna state.

According to him, “You must have noticed that, the global security environment of the 21st century is becoming increasingly complex, with many, national, regional and transnational threats that undermine national and international security across the regions, sub-regions and the entire landscape of the world. And of course Nigeria is not an exception.

“Today, we have terrorism on our soils. Many nations, including ours have had to contend with asymmetric threats that are mostly intra-state in nature.

“Terrorism did not develop here, it only came here and we pray it will also pass through here and go to some other place where it is going.” Lt. Gen. Minimah said.

He charged graduating students drawn from the three services of the Nigerian Armed Forces, that after their training, much is expected from them in the nation’s efforts to rid its soils of terrorism.

General Minimah, who was the Guest of Honour at the graduation, however commended the Directing Staff and Management of the college for transforming the officers into very useful human resources for national development.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commandant of AFCSC, Air Vice-Marshal John Chris Ifemeje, said the 21 weeks’ intense training and academic activities was designed to equip the officers with the appropriate skills to function as grade 3 Staff Officers and Junior Commanders in their various services and in tri-service establishments.

Among the 151 graduands were 59 Nigerian Army officers, 45 Nigerian Navy officers, 28 Nigerian Air Force officers and 11 non-military officers from Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), Department of State Services (DSS) and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

 Meanwhile, Wife of the Chief of Army Staff, Mrs. Felly Minimah at the weekend charged wives of men and officers of the Nigerian Army to go into fervent prayers against the continued attack by the Boko Haram sect.

Minimah, who is also the National  President of the Nigerian Army Officers Wives  Association   made the call  at 32 Brigade, Alamala Baracks in Abeokuta; the Ogun State capital.

Speaking during the commissioning of an acquisition centre and donation of relief materials to wives of officers who lost their lives in active service, she explained that the prayer was to seek a divine intervention towards an end to the insurgency in the Northern part of the country, especially in the North – East.

“We should all pray for our husbands every day, so that this problem of Boko Haram will end. All these problems should stop, so that we don’t lose our husbands. I appeal to all of you to let us pray. When you wake up every day, especially those of you whose husbands are fighting  Boko Haram you  should  pray that this Boko Haram problem end very soon.”, she said.

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