Move For Domestic Weapons Production In Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja directed the Federal Ministry of Defence to produce a 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.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the National Defence College, President Buhari described as unacceptable, Nigeria’s current over-dependence on other countries for critical military equipment and logistics.

“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,” the President said.

President Buhari told the gathering that his administration had, since its assumption of office, reviewed the nature and character of Nigeria’s security threats and challenges.

“We recognized first and foremost, the external dimensions of these threats and the need for international cooperation and common security mechanisms to tackle them,” the President said.

President Buhari added that in the light of this realization, his Administration was “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.

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.

“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,” President Buhari told them.

The President assured that the Federal Government under his leadership will strive to meet the operational, logistic, training and welfare requirements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
He also reaffirmed his commitment to ameliorating the hardships of people living in areas most affected by insurgency and terrorism.

“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.

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.

The President urged graduates of the College’s Course 23 to resolve to 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 told them.

Garba Shehu
SSA to the President
(Media and Publicity)
August 7, 2015

  1. [A MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX] SHOULD BE MORE THAN MODEST ! IT SHOULD BE COMPREHENSIVE AND COMPLETE WITH AMMUNITION, LIGHT AND HEAVY WEAPONRY,ARMORED TANKS AND VEHICLES, SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE TECHNOLOGY,RADAR AND SATELLITE TECHNOLOGY, NAVAL SHIP BUILDING (DESTROYERS,SUBMARINES) WITH THE STATE OF THE ART MISSILE,RADAR ANTI AIRCRAFT CAPABILITY TO PATROL AND DEFEND THE WEST COAST SUB SAHARA AFRICAN NATION FROM EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL THREATS, PIRACY, SMUGGLING AND ILLEGAL FISHING ! THERE MUST BE AN AIR FORCE EQUIP WITH DOMESTIC MADE FIGHTER JETS, BOMBERS, HELICOPTERS AND TRANSPORT PLANES ! IT WILL TAKE THE COMBINE EFFORT OF THE ESCOWA COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT, PERSONNEL,THE MINERALS RESOURCES NEEDED AND AREAS TO BUILD AND TRAIN A COMBINED PROFESSIONAL MILITARY FORCE ! THE MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN SHOULD BE GIVEN THEIR OWN HOMES, HEATH CARE FOR THEIR FAMILIES, SCHOOLS FOR THEIR CHILDREN, FOOD STAPLES, CLOTHING AND A SALARY AS AN INCENTIVE FOR THEIR SERVICE AND DEVOTION ! NO EXTERNAL NATION WILL SUPPLY SUB SAHARA AFRICAN NATIONS (THE NEW WORLD ORDER) WITH WHAT IS NEEDED TO DEFEND ITSELF BECAUSE THEY WANT AND NEED AFRICA TO BE WEAK AND DEPENDENT ON THEM AS BEGGARS NOT STRONG AND INDEPENDENT WORLD LEADERS ! AFRICA, YOU NEED THE AFRICAN AMERICANS OF THE U.S., SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEANS WHO ARE (THE SIXTH REGION OF THE AFRICAN UNION) TO BE FULLY CAPABLE OF BEING A WORLD POWER ! WE ARE READY AND ABLE ! (AMENnnnnnnnnn) !

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