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Why the merger of NAUB with NDA cannot work, the hard facts to consider

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Why the merger of NAUB with NDA cannot work, the hard facts to consider

 

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Of a truth, the merger of the Nigerian Army University and the Nigerian Defence Academy cannot work. And this is not unconnected to the fact that they are two distinct institutions with distinct visions, missions and objectives. And the hard facts to consider are presented here.

 

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Why the merger of NAUB with NDA cannot work, the hard facts to consider'

NAUB is an academic national public University made up of students, scholars, old collegians and staff members with notable stakeholders like Federal Ministry of education, NUC etc. Within five years of debut, the institution has impacted the national socio-economic development framework through the provision of creative and innovative solutions in a rapidly changing and knowledge driven world. And has successfully built five strong haven of faculties namely Arts, management and social sciences, natural and applied sciences, computing, Engineering Technology and Environmental sciences and has become the darling of many as first choice in JAMB.

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NAUB provides a conducive teaching and learning environment in an environment once volatile and considered a hub of terrorism and ignorance. This university was able to achieve that by attracting high quality teaching and research staff, together with talented students; thus ensuring the availability of the much needed entrepreneurial ‘space’ as the platform for bottom up innovation.

 

 

This facilitated the grooming of graduates during the first convocation with distinctive competence inducing key in the 21st century world of works skills that will distinguish them, and their degrees as top performers in the global scene.

 

 

This unique university has become a centre of excellence for learning, research, and technological development that promotes excellence, ingenuity, creativity, and distinctive competence in intellectual outputs.

 

One of the uniqueness of the Federal University known as NAUB is the ability to fuse practical career preparation with a focus on creating positive change in our world.

Thus, such a lofty project of the founding fathers built on solid foundation should be preserved and not scrapped.

Infact, some of the testaments of the graduates from NAUB is a reality of why the university should be left alone. Adewuni Victor Adetunji, a graduate of Political Science revealed how Naub has impacted him. According to him, the Nigerian Army University Biu has been a great citadel of Learning, the school delivered excellently well to the students in terms of Passing Knowledge to the students, they successfully impacted on them using their best acquired Knowledge. The Institution is a place where standards of behaviour, principles of right and wrong are clearly made.

 

Another graduate stated that When it comes to Moral and Discipline, the school is known for her outstanding rate, because no staff be it military and Civil staff give room for undisciplined and immorality. Over academic concentration, NAUB has less extracurricular activities which make the students have high concentration for academics activities,

Shedding more light on the uniqueness of Naub, another product of the school revealed that Going by the vision and mission of the school, the institution has tactically reduced the attacks of the insurgent. Biu is known for resilience, but when NAUB came to existence more of it was displayed.

Speaking with passion, one of the students admitted that attending the Nigerian Army University Biu had a profound and complex impact on his personal and academic development. As a conventional university under the auspices of the Nigerian Armed Forces, it provided a unique environment that fostered discipline, focus, and a strong work ethic.

One of the most significant impacts was the ability to maintain laser-sharp focus on their studies. Unlike traditional universities with a plethora of social activities and distractions, the Nigerian Army University Biu had a relatively limited social scene. This allowed them to dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to academics without the constant temptation of numerous parties, events, or other diversions. The serene and structured campus life instilled in me the invaluable skill of time management and prioritisation.

The disciplinary aspect of the university also left an indelible mark. Being part of an institution run by the military, there was a strong emphasis on punctuality, orderliness, and adhering to a strict code of conduct. This cultivated a sense of responsibility and accountability within me, traits that will undoubtedly serve me well in my future endeavours, be it in the professional realm or personal life.

Furthermore, the Nigerian Army University Biu provided a well-rounded education that extended beyond just academics. The university’s ethos emphasised character-building, leadership skills, and a deep sense of patriotism and service to the nation.

Academically, the university’s rigorous curriculum and high standards challenged them to push their intellectual boundaries. The faculty comprised highly qualified and experienced instructors, their mentorship and guidance not only enhanced subject knowledge but also instilled in them a deep respect for academic integrity and a thirst for continuous learning.

Overall, their time at the Nigerian Army University Biu was a transformative experience that shaped them into a more focused, disciplined, and well-rounded individual. The unique environment provided an ideal setting for personal growth, character development, and academic excellence.

 

 

 

 

The mandate of the Nigerian Defence Academy is very specific: to produce young officers with first degrees for the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, and the Nigerian Air Force. In some cases, the NDA assists the Police, Para-military agencies such as the Customs, Immigration, the Prisons, and Civil Defence Corps, as well as other security agencies to conduct training for their officers. On the other hand, the Nigerian Army University Biu is meant to produce skilled manpower (selected civilians and soldiers) with distinctive competence capable of meeting the security and technological challenges of the nation.

 

 

Secondly, the admission policy is based on 75% civilian and 25% military/Paramilitary, security agencies, etc. The 75% civilian component will be spread to all 36 states of the Federation as well as FCT while NDA is strictly for Army officials.

 

 

Furthermore, the logistical challenges of merging two institutions with distinct cultures, academic programmes, and operational frameworks can not be underestimated. Integrating NAUB and NDA into a single entity would require significant restructuring, resource reallocation, and strategic alignment, posing a risk of disruption and inefficiency in the process.

 

 

While collaboration and partnership between educational institutions can yield benefits, it is crucial to recognise and respect the individual identities and purposes of NAUB and NDA. Preserving the autonomy and distinctiveness of each institution is essential to ensure that they continue to effectively serve their respective mandates and contribute meaningfully to the advancement of education and national security in Nigeria. A merger between NAUB and NDA would not only be impractical but could also undermine the unique strengths and contributions of these vital institutions.

Finally, the huge academic and intellectual loss and vacuum the merger would spell is indescribable and like Governor Zulum said the security consequences for the North East. Also, the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Tinubu Administration, which has come to rekindle the dashed hopes of citizens, of which Education should be the key pillar are factors the merger should be avoided.

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TBRC LEADERSHIP RETREAT FOCUSES ON TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND SECURITY CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA.

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TBRC LEADERSHIP RETREAT FOCUSES ON TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND SECURITY CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA.

TBRC LEADERSHIP RETREAT FOCUSES ON TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND SECURITY CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA.

-Emir of Zazzau Call For Collaboration to Address Nigeria’s Insecurity Crisis

-Ameer of Birnin Gwari Commends General Buratai’s Army Modernization Efforts

In a seminar organized by the Tukur Buratai Research Centre (TBRC), Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai (rtd) emphasized the crucial role of traditional leaders in contributing to the security of Nigeria. Recognizing that traditional leaders have the eyes and ears of the people, Gen Buratai highlighted the importance of information and intelligence in addressing security challenges. He stressed the need for traditional leaders to support the government’s security architecture and ensure the safety of the country.

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The seminar, which was held as part of the ongoing TBRC leadership retreat, focused on the theme of traditional institutions and contemporary security challenges in Nigeria. Gen Buratai underscored the significance of collective efforts in mitigating security threats, emphasizing that security is essential for societal development. Without security, progress and growth would be significantly hindered.

The retreat aimed to build closer ties and cooperation among traditional leaders to foster unity and address security concerns collectively. Gen Buratai expressed confidence in the traditional leaders’ ability to fulfill their role in promoting peace and security in Nigeria.

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During the seminar, His Royal Highness the Emir of Zazzau, H.E Alhaji Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, CFR, emphasized the prevalent issue of insecurity in Nigeria. He called on traditional rulers to prioritize the preservation and promotion of traditional institutions, as well as to act with fairness, transparency, and integrity. Emphasizing the need for collaboration with various stakeholders, including government bodies and the private sector, the Emir highlighted the importance of peace, stability and security in achieving political and economic development.

The Ameer of Birnin Gwari, HRH Zubair Jibril Maigwari II, commended the transformational journey of the Nigerian Army under the leadership of General Buratai in Dr. Jibril’s book, which provides a detailed analysis of the Nigerian Army’s advancements during General Buratai’s tenure, was officially presented during the seminar. The book serves as a valuable resource for scholars, policymakers, and military enthusiasts interested in understanding the evolution of one of Africa’s prominent armed forces.

In conclusion, the retreat and seminar emphasized the indispensable role of traditional leadership in promoting peace, stability, Security and national unity in Nigeria. Traditional leaders were acknowledged as essential bridges between the country’s cultural heritage and its aspirations for a secure and prosperous future. Their wisdom and cultural knowledge are crucial in mobilizing communities and promoting peaceful coexistence. Furthermore, traditional leaders contribute significantly to preserving Nigeria’s cultural identity and fostering social cohesion. The seminar urged the support and collaboration of all stakeholders to create a safe and thriving Nigeria for all its citizens.

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The Tukur Buratai Research Centre and the ongoing leadership retreat highlighted the importance of traditional institutions, security challenges, and the modernization efforts of the Nigerian Army. As Nigeria continues to face complex threats and challenges, it is essential to utilize the wisdom and influence of traditional leaders to promote peace, stability and Security throughout the nation.

 

TBRC LEADERSHIP RETREAT FOCUSES ON TRADITIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND SECURITY CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA.

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Pro Kingsley Led Oneness in Christ Announces 3 Days Global Open Air Crusade

Prophet Kingsley Aitafo led Oneness in Christ ministry in conjunction with CCC Living Grace Tabernacle is set for another life transforming three days open revival.

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Tagged Repent the kingdom of heaven is at hand, the power packed crusade will hold from May 28th, 2024 till May 30th 2024 at 20 Showole street, Ewupe, Singer Sango, Ogun state by 5pm daily.

The monthly open revival has always been a haven of unusual testimonies with signs, wonders and miracles.

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Governor Bulldozes Parliament And No One Bothers? By Felix Oboagwina

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Felix Oboagwina

I care little for former Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike and the 25 pro-Wike lawmakers in the State House of Assembly. However, in their current quarrel with the incumbent Governor Simi Fubara (the godson who succeeded Wike), only one factor works against Wike in the court of public opinion: In the 2023 elections, the Rivers strongman worked for the emergence of Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President; and Tinubu has today raised Nigerians’ pain and poverty to record proportions! President Tinubu’s failures solely win for Fubara massive support in this lingering faceoff with Wike, his erstwhile godfather, predecessor and current Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

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Governor Bulldozes Parliament And No One Bothers?

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Felix Oboagwina

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This colourless former Rivers State Accountant-General emerged as the Dark Horse and clinched the Rivers governorship completely by the grace of Wike. How? In the penchant of political godfathers to prepare for themselves a soft post-office landing, by planting spineless acolytes as successors, Wike manipulated Fubara over far popular and formidable aspirants, and handed him PDP’s Rivers State governorship ticket. Wike financed all the campaigns, swayed the rostrum with his oratory and persona, brought in the votes and handed Fubara the election on a platter of gold. But talk of Karma. Not only has Fubara turned around to bite the fingers that moulded him, he has injured Democracy in the most unimaginable fashion.

Fubara Speaks On Tinubu's Intervention In Rivers Crises

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As the Yoruba say, the new king devours the kingmaker first. Fubara turned against Wike and rubbished him. Not done, Fubara, late 2023, stormed the Rivers State House of Assembly (having majority 25-7 as Wike PDP loyalists), with police firing gunshots and water cannons to keep the rampaging Governor at bay!

His supporters thereafter set ablaze the Parliament building.

Fubara then sent the demolition squad to bulldoze the entire complex to smithereens.

Every single one of these anti-legislative steps amounted to a desecration of Democracy and an assault on a sacred institution of popular government. It amounts to treason!

This much President Tinubu told Fubara to his face when the First Citizen brokered peace between these gladiators. The Parliament, everywhere, exists as the truest representation of the people and the incontrovertible custodian of Democracy. Whereas the Executive and the Judiciary exist in other forms of government (autocracy, military, monarchical), the Legislature’s participation distinguishes Democracy from all of them. Thus, demolishing its habitation connotes the highest threat to Democracy. The Congress is an institution; and we have always mouthed the need to build strong institutions as opposed to strong politicians.

Fubara went further. Most recently, he AGAIN stormed the makeshift accommodation that the Rivers Parliament resorted to at the Assembly Quarters. Then, on May 10, “Emperor” Fubara enacted an Executive Order to force the House of Assembly to hold its sittings inside the Government House! Sacrilege! Whatever happened to the Doctrine of the Separation of Powers?

Imagine the contradiction. An Executive Order passed on the Legislature! The Executive ORDERS the Legislature! How can? Nowhere does the Constitution place the control of the Legislature (and the Judiciary) under the Executive.

These assaults the Rivers State Legislature has endured.

Pray, who advises this guy?

The Legislature is made so potently powerful that the Constitution allows it to overrule the Governor and railroad a Bill into law without his consent.

Section 96(5) says:

Where the Governor withholds assent and the bill is again passed by the House of Assembly by two-thirds majority, the bill shall become law and the assent of the Governor shall not be required.

Even the budget of the Legislature, like that of the Judiciary, goes by first-line charge, all in order to ensure its independence and the Separation of Powers.

How can a Governor with the vast resources at his disposal prove incapable of lobbying, courting and winning over the State House of Assembly, and instead His Excellency resorts to thuggish, strong-arm tactics? You wonder what terror this character wouldn’t unleash if backed by a Rivers State Police Force completely at his beck and call!

Fubara-Wike’s wahala factionalised the House of Assembly 25 to seven and the Accountant-General-turned Governor chose to work with the minority, in clear violation of Section 96 that says:

(1) The quorum of a House of Assembly shall be one-third of all the members of the House.

(2) If objection is taken by any member of a House of Assembly present that there are present in that House (besides the person presiding) fewer than one-third of all the members of that House and that it is not competent for the House to transact business, and after such interval as may be prescribed in the rules of procedure of the House, the person presiding ascertains that the number of members present is still less than one-third of all the members of the House, he shall adjourn the House.

The majority of Rivers legislators, for political expediency and most likely to take cover under the Federal might, crossed carpet to the ruling APC.

Commissioners are resigning from Fubara’s cabinet, citing the toxic atmosphere working with him.

The 23 local government chairmen have drawn a battle line with him.

All these could be predictable because most of those officials owe their emergence in office and pledge loyalty to Wike. They all jumped ship after Fubara, egged on by whomever, flung reconciliation with Wike against the rocks.

Contrary to President Tinubu’s peace agreement that Fubara and Wike’s group signed December 2023 at Aso Rock, the Governor refused to re-present the 2024 budget to the State House of Assembly, continuing to work with an illegal Appropriation Act passed by a mere seven out of 32 lawmakers. This he did even when, in the spirit of that agreement, the majority Wike group of legislators withdrew their lawsuits against him and aborted impeachment proceedings on the understanding that the budget would be properly presented for passage.

Bottom line? The crisis in Rivers goes beyond a Fubara-Wike brouhaha. It queries the very essence of Nigeria’s Democracy and the sanctity of the Nigerian Constitution. Everyone taking sides does so with the mentality of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” But power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Those beating the drum for Fubara’s dance of madness are pushing Nigerian Democracy to ride the back of a tiger. How do you end the ride without Democracy ending up as a meal down the tiger’s throat? If Fubara’s style of burning, demolishing and choking the Legislature becomes a culture, then what fate befalls this Democracy? If the President takes a cue and chooses to tackle the National Assembly in a similar style? What species of Legislature will the Upper and Lower Chambers turn to, being Executive-ordered to perform legislative duties right inside the Aso Rock Villa, under the nose of the President?

The problem that lovers of Democracy must tackle is stopping Fubara becoming a role model for how the Executive can emasculate and stifle the Legislature’s independence at the state and Federal levels. Or are we going to let Fubara get away with this abuse of the Parliament because of the disdain we nurse for his adversaries, Wike and Tinubu?

OBOAGWINA IS AN AUTHOR, JOURNALIST AND PUBLISHER, REACHABLE VIA: foboagwina@gmail.com

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