PRESS RELEASE: PRESIDENT BUHARI INITIATES MOVE FOR DOMESTIC WEAPONS PRODUCTION

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

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