Insecurity: COAS Emphasises Need To Study Nigerian Civil War

The Chief of Army Staff, (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya on Wednesday, emphasised the importance of studying the Nigerian Civil War.

The COAS said this while speaking as Guest of Honour at the Army War College Nigeria (AWCN) Symposium on the Nigerian Civil War for participants of Course 7/2023 on June 7, 2023.

Lt. Gen. Yahaya said that studying the civil war held valuable lessons that could contribute to addressing the current security challenges faced by the nation.

He acknowledged that the contemporary security environment was characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

He said understanding the history of the nation allowed for an appreciation of how critical infrastructure, which took years to build and was vital for national development, could be destroyed within a short period.

College Public Relations Officer,
Major Hashimu Sa’ad Abdullahi said this in a statement on Thursday.

The event took place at the College Auditorium in WU Bassey Barracks, Asokoro, Abuja.

The symposium was a crucial component of Module 6 of the AWCN curriculum, aimed to provide a platform for invited guests to share their insights on the Nigerian Civil War.

Additionally, it marked the fourth symposium of its kind to be held at the College.

Major General Bamidele Ali Alabi, the Commandant Army War College Nigeria, highlighted the significance of the symposium within the AWCN curriculum.

As part of the Military History curriculum, the symposium provided an opportunity for invited guests to share their perspectives on the Nigerian Civil War.

Major General Alabi outlined the objectives of the symposium, which included studying and teaching both the operational and strategic aspects of the Nigerian Civil War.

The aim was to enhance understanding of the battlefield events, operational outcomes, and all the activities that characterized the war.

The annual symposium served as a platform to bring together knowledgeable scholars, Military History experts, and retired officers who experienced the war firsthand, allowing them to share their thoughts and personal experiences.

AWCN aimed to foster a deeper understanding of historical events among the participants of Course 7/2023.

The insights gained from studying the war would contribute to the development of effective strategies and tactics for addressing the security challenges facing Nigeria in the present day.


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