On Thursday, the Defence Headquarters announced the formation of an elite team of experts comprised of experienced retired people to assess changing situations in the country and suggest solutions to the security concerns they pose.
General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), said this was part of a policy to combat specific security threats such as kidnapping, banditry, and secessionist activities, among others.
Irabor gave a lecture at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) in Kuru, Jos, Plateau State, to Senior Executive Course 43/2021 attendees.
‘Implementation of the Armed Forces of Nigeria Joint Defence Doctrine and National Security in Nigeria: Issues and Challenges,’ was the title of his speech.
He expressed confidence that implementing a Joint Defence Doctrine (JDD) would ensure Nigeria’s victory over insurgency, banditry, abduction, and other forms of violent crime.
The CDS insisted that adopting and implementing such a strategy would not only improve the Armed Forces’ capability and efficiency in combating insecurity, but would also foster synergy, goodwill, and productive professional relationships among members of the Armed Forces.
The JDD, he continued, is “designed to reinforce its implementation in order to increase synergy for successful national security.”
“JDD is designed to encourage operational jointness and synergy, therefore its effective implementation would improve national security,” Irabor stated. As a result, I’ll suggest some techniques for overcoming the problems of applying the AFN JDD.
“These strategies include enacting a strong legal framework, reviewing the Joint Defense Directive 2017 and formulating situational security policy, institutionalizing the Defence Logistics Management Board (DLMB), and pooling of specialized joint training institutions. Others include AFN capability enhancement and the promulgation of the AFN.
The formulation of a Situational Security Policy on specific security situations such as kidnapping, banditry, and secessionist activities, among other security threats confronting the country, is receiving due attention, according to the CDS.
Consequently, he said, “the DHQ has assembled a strategic team made up of retired and serving personnel who will evaluate the ever-changing conditions in the polity and their associated security threats with a view to proffering policies and strategies to adequately address them.
“It is expected that the drafting of the Situational Security Policy will provide the JDD with the needed impetus and strengthen its execution in order to boost national security.”
He believes that addressing security concerns is difficult and necessitates effective policy and program implementation.
“As a result, the AFN is involved in various internal security operations in various parts of the country, such as Op Delta Safe, Awatse, Whirl Stroke, and Safe Haven,” he continued. Other operations include Op Hadarin Daji, Hadin Kai, Whirl Punch, and Udoka, as well as multinational and peacekeeping operations (PSOs). The JDD, among other operating papers, has led these interactions, which have contributed to Nigeria’s relative stability and national security.”
Irabor explained that “the application of jointness helped to maximise the unique capabilities of each of the Services. In these operations, the synergy of efforts which culminated in joint combat power produced more effect than if each Service had been singly employed against the adversary.”
According to him, “joint operations cost less in men and material. Cost-saving is achieved by cutting duplication of efforts through efficient integration of Service capabilities for preparing and accomplishing assigned missions at all levels of warfare and in Military Operations other than War (MOOTW)
“Jointness was used to help maximize the particular capabilities of each of the Services. In these actions, the synergy of efforts that culminated in joint combat strength had a greater impact than if each Service had fought the enemy alone.”