President Bola Tinubu has charged the armed forces to continue to protect Nigeria’s territorial integrity against all threats, commending them for their dedication to duty and sacrifices for the nation.
Speaking on Saturday at an event celebrating the Nigerian Defence Academy’s (NDA) Diamond Jubilee in Kaduna, the president gave the military assurances regarding his administration’s unwavering support in carrying out its responsibilities and commitment to its welfare in a statement released by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale.
In addition, Tinubu outlined some of the significant events that occurred during the NDA’s transformation, such as the later enlistment and training of Air Force cadets, the nation’s successful reunification following the civil war in 1967, and the numerous short-service military training programmes established to meet the war’s workforce shortage.
He also mentioned other notable accomplishments, such as the 1985 transformation of the Nigerian Defence Academy from a non-degree awarding institution to a full-fledged university that granted degrees, eventually eliminating the Nigerian Defence Academy Certificate of Education that had previously been given to cadets.
“The government is also pleased to note that the curriculum approved by the National Universities Commission, the regulatory body is sufficiently robust and broad-based to enable the cadets to acquire the knowledge, skills, values, character, and discipline required for effective and efficient service in the Nigerian Armed forces in peace times and in times of crises.
“I understand that other giants’ strides recorded in the NDA include the establishment of post-graduate programs, the creation of research centres and centres of excellence to facilitate research and enable cross fertilization of ideas,” he said.