Defend democracy, Buhari tells soldiers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces to re-dedicate themselves to their oath of service to the nation, keep faith with democracy and help sustain it.

Mr. Buhari made the call at the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna on Saturday at the combined passing out parade of regular set 64 and 65 as well as set 44 of the Short Service Course.

Mr. Buhari, who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, charged the cadets to embrace all that they had learnt as they get ready for their areas of assignment.

The president commended the management of NDA for adopting best practices in the institution and urged them to sustain the tempo.

“Let me of course also commend the management of the NDA for your efforts so far in adapting your curriculum and programmes to contemporary realities,” he said.

“I have been told of the recent paradigm shift in the Academy’s training calendar, such that Naval and Air Force cadets now spend only four years in the Academy and then move to their respective bases, in place of the old system that saw them spend all five years in the Academy.

“By allowing them to spend their final year within their respective bases is a clear indication of the commitment to producing better-trained and better-prepared Naval and Air Force graduates.”

The president described NDA as a hub for innovation, calling on its management to sustain the culture in collaboration with the private sector.

“Let me say that I am pleased to note that the NDA has itself been positioning itself as a hub for innovation. I am already aware of inventions such as an Automated Pop-Up Target System, a Multi-Purpose Combat Mobile Robot, and a Perimeter Surveillance Robot, which the NDA has showcased at various science and technology exhibitions in the recent past.