President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the leadership of the Nigerian military for the intellectual transformation of the officer corps.
The president made the commendation at the decoration of two senior officers, including his Aide-De-Camp (ADC), at the State House, Abuja, on Wednesday.
The newly-promoted officers include Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Kaita, the Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF), and Col. Mohammed Abubakar, the president’s Aide-De-Camp (ADC).
Buhari expressed happiness with the dazzling array of university degrees they had acquired, saying “modern armies require superiority of intellect and imagination to achieve victory in warfare”.
He, however, urged all officers to ensure the translation of academic achievements to performance in the field and other places of assignment.
“In our time, there was no time for academic pursuit. It was all about war, coups and counter-coups,” he noted.
Buhari said in times of peace and stability, military officers should use such opportunity to pursue their intellectual transformation which should go side-by-side with hardware transformation of modern armies.
He urged officers to read History, irrespective of their academic backgrounds, describing it as an important pre-requisite for strategic learning and success in the military.
According to the president, the good quality of the officer corps of the Nigerian Military calls for good performance.
Buhari congratulated both officers on their various achievements in their services and charged them to always be mindful of the welfare of those placed under their command.
Both Kaita and Abubakar have prior to their current assignments served the country in peace-keeping missions abroad and are married with families.