The Nigerian military has redeemed and reclaimed its position as a military hegemon.

NNS Okpabana.

Jessica Angula

​Without any attempt to flatter, a dispassionate assessment of the appointees, President Muhammadu Buhari has made in sensitive areas reflect his innate persona and leadership qualities.

They are usually honest, strict, thorough, focused and brutally blunt in the performance of official duties.

Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Gabriel  Olonisakin is one  such appointee of the Buhari administration who is an exact replica of President Buhari’s disposition towards leadership. As CDS, it means his input and influence is required by each and all arms of Nigeria’s Armed Forces to wit: the Nigerian Army (NA) the Nigerian Navy Service (NNS) and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to achieve the highest level of national security and the field operational competence of the military.

By implication, the failure of any arm of the armed forces in any assignment is a direct shadow of his leadership failure; much as their success  infinitely illustrates his leadership dexterity and coordinative capabilities .

Gen Olonishakin is not just conscious of this leadership burden on him, but is mindful of it in his interactions with the various arms of the armed forces at all times.

He is also aware that Africa looks unto the Nigeria’s military as source of inspiration and where Nigeria fails, it is a loud statement about the presumed failure of the entire continent.

It is public knowledge that the Nigerian military is facing its most engaging moments,  in the history of the country.  Assorted internal crimes of a violent nature have taken over the space of reason and sanity in some polluted souls.

The excitement of indulgence in violent crimes and deliberate economic sabotage have unavoidably heightened insecurity   on land, air and the waterways in Nigeria.

Constant security vigilance by the Nigerian military have been the saving grace. But fortunately, the Nigerian military under the current dispensation deployed on any rescue mission, after failure of regular or civil security to combat such felonies, always  prove their mettle beyond doubt.

And in the near two years the present breed of Service Chiefs were elevated to such positions of service, the Nigerian military has proved in soul and spirit of its messianic mission.

It has redeemed and reclaimed Nigeria from dark forces and every step of this success is largely the sterling leadership qualities and engagement of the tripartite arms of the Nigerian military by the CDS.

For instance, a glimpse  into the operations of the Nigerian Navy Service headed by the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS),  Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, especially in the Niger Delta region,  reveals the worth  and  relevance  of a military structured and elected for success under a competent CDS.

The extent these military officers stake their necks or make uncommon sacrifices to secure Nigeria’s oil wealth is exceptional.

They are daily  in the creeks of the Niger Delta and the high seas battling dangerously  armed sea pirates,  illegal oil bunkers’/thieves,  illegal arms and ammunitions importation  racketeers, criminal outings of militants groups in the region and  economic saboteurs’.

They protect and shield Nigeria’s sovereign waters from becoming the havens of criminals and other unapproved invasions by external forces or enemies.

When the Nigerian Navy tackles these criminals on the high sea, the Nigeria Airforce  under the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar  supports the efforts with airstrikes where necessary, a perfect illustration of the smooth synergy among the Nigerian military.

Providing responsive leadership in Nigeria  is a herculean task. But the CDS has thrown his hat into the ring, which is responsible for the strings of victories of the various outings of the military under his watch.

The NNS battles, arrest of suspected criminals and handing them over to prosecuting authorities and the recovery stolen vessels of crude oil and destruction of illegal refineries is a classic statement about the CDS, Gen. Olonisakin’s leadership efficacy of the Nigeria


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