CNL Ilorin Gbenga: Kwara, a model for peace, national unity: Defence College


Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq again came up for a national applause for his committed efforts, and support for security agencies to maintain peace and make the state a model of unity for the country.

The Provost, Nigeria Defence College, Abuja, Prof Adam Ahmed, gave the commendation on Monday when he led a delegation of Course 32 of the National Defence College Abuja, on a week-long study tour to the state.

The year’s tour to Kwara is themed: “Strengthening national unity for security and development in Nigeria: Kwara in perspective”.

Prof Ahmed noted that the people of the state are living in harmony despite their religious, tribes and other social and political differences, thereby setting a pace for emulation.

“Kwara State is a model of the unity of Nigeria because people live together in harmony despite groups, religious, tribes and other social and political configurations,” he said this in Ilorin, the state capital.

“It is this that the College realizes and sends the creme-de-la-creme of its membership to visit here so that we can appraise the role the state is playing in the strengthening of the unity in the state which also fosters unity in the country”.

He said the tour was crucial and forms a part of study activities in the military that seek to expose officers to a lot of happenings across the federation.

The Provost, who explained that the National Defence College was established 32 years ago as the apex military training institution, said the institution has a mandate to “train people for joint activities at strategic levels. It is the highest training military establishment that brings the various arms of the military, NAVY, Air force, Army and members of security agencies like the Police and DSS together”.

He thanked the Governor for the warm reception, saying they are looking forward to enjoying their stay within the stipulated period.

The Governor, for his part, said his administration will not relent in its collaboration with security agencies and other critical stakeholders to ensure a secured and safe society.

AbdulRazaq, who was represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Mamman Saba Jibril, said the state has been enjoying relative peace and security due to existing strong synergy among the government, security agencies, traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders.

He said the theme for this year’s study tour is apt and is coming at a better time, noting all hands must be on deck to strengthen unity for a secured society, and achieve desired development.

AbdulRazaq commended members of the armed forces and other security agencies for their selfless services to the nation.

He also appreciated the roles of traditional institutions in maintaining peace and security in their various domains, and promised to continue to prioritize the safety of people.

“I strongly believe that a series of lectures and other programs lined up to harvest and harness relevant information on this theme for the good of the generality of the populace will do justice to all sub-topics under the main theme and enrich your study in relation to Kwara State,” he said.

Permanent Secretary, Political Cabinet and Special Services, Mrs Oluyomi Esther Folasanyo was among the dignitaries at the event.