President Muhammadu Buhari has described as unacceptable Nigeria’s over-dependence on external authorities for military hardwares and other light weapons.
To this end, he has mandated the Federal Ministry of Defence to draw plan for the establishment of a modest Military Industrial Complex for the local production of weapons to meet some of the requirements of the country’s armed forces.
The president gave the directive at the graduation ceremony of the National Defence College on Friday in Abuja
“We must evolve viable mechanisms for near-self-sufficiency in military equipment and logistics production complemented only by very advanced foreign technologies.
“The Ministry of Defence is being tasked to draw up clear and measurable outlines for development of a modest Military Industrial Complex for Nigeria.
“In this regard, it is to liaise with other strategic MDAs and industries to re-engineer the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) to meet national military hardware and logistics requirements,” he said.
President Buhari also hinted that since becoming on board, his administration had embark on massive programmes which included the establishment of the lake Chad Basin Commission to harness regional cooperation against Boko haram in Nigeria.
“We recognized first and foremost, the external dimensions of these threats and the need for international cooperation and common security mechanisms to tackle them, convinced that the best approach was to work within the framework of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) to mobilize a collective regional effort in the fight against terrorism and insurgency”, he said.
The President urged the graduates and officers and men of the Armed Forces to work harder to win the war against Boko Haram, terrorism and insurgency.
He also pledged to meet the operational, logistic, training and welfare requirements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, even as he promised to rehabilitate areas devastated by Boko haram activities.
“We must apply a comprehensive strategy and coordinate all elements of national power against terrorism and insurgency; we must show result oriented leadership at all levels of military Command; we must set up an optimal organization to manage and sustain operational performance; and we must show confidence and winning mentality.
“We have the will, resolve and conviction to apply a comprehensive strategy and coordinate all elements of national power against terrorism and insurgency,” the President reassured Nigerians and the international community”, he said.
President Buhari said that the National Defence College had fulfilled the vision of its founding fathers, by becoming a strategic human capacity-building institution, making credible contributions to Nigeria and other friendly countries.
He urged graduates of the Course 23 of the collage to distinguish themselves and contribute to national security.
“Make a marked difference in your future deployments and contribute your quota to the evolution and implementation of national security, defence and military strategies. You should be the source that lights up the environment wherever you find yourselves”, he said.