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We must develop resilience in tackling emerging security threats – Akpabio



The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, says developing resilience is part of measures to proffer solutions to current and emerging security threats across the globe.

Akpabio made the call at the Graduation Dinner/Award Night for the Participants of the National Defence College Course 31 on Wednesday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Akpabio was represented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy, Senator Gbenga Daniel.

Akpabio said the college had invested so much in nurturing and equipping the participants with requisite, strategic knowledge in the past 11 months of intellectual toil, pressure and anxiety.

According to him, the nation demands that the government deliver a dividend of democracy based on the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of President Bola Tinubu and improve the quality of governance.

“So I look forward to receiving the thoughtful and workable solutions to the myriads of challenges bedevilling our nation.

“We also remember that the nation is also caught up in global challenges, which have far-reaching consequences.

“Meanwhile, the world has grown from the external defensive approach to security management, where the military and security agency are forced to be the exclusive custodians of security globally,” he said.

According to him, the whole of society’s approach to security management has been heralded as the way to go for matters of security.

“Also war has several factors both external and internal, that easily affect the security of nations and it behoves the security to develop resilience to all the dynamics that impart negatively on our national security.

“It is, however, heartwarming to note that for this Course 31, the theme was ‘Building Resilience for National Security Development’.

“It is my sincere hope that the solutions emanating from this college will become veritable tools that will enhance defence transformation and national security in years ahead,” he said.

Akpabio said that the defence corporation with friendly nations in Africa and the world had brought great benefits to Nigeria and other members, and expressed appreciation to foreign participants for partnering with Nigeria and the National Defense College.

He urged the international participants from 21 allied nations to be proud alumni of the college in their respective country’s armed forces.

The Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Olumuyiwa Olotu, said the participants had understood and appreciated the fact that the course was designed to test their resilience and ability to make difficult and complex decisions in times of uncertainty, stress and strain.

He said the strategic environment was volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, saying their ability to pull through the complexity and uncertainty was what made them strategic leaders.

Olotu expressed hope that the knowledge and experience gained while on the course would distinguish them in whatever leadership positions they find themselves in the future.

“I would like to reiterate to the participants that you need to always remember that strategic decision-making is anchored on teamwork.

“You must have been told severally that you are strong as your weakest link and this philosophy is reflected in the group-based exercises you carried out during your training in the college.

“For a long time, however, teamwork has now been really understood to mean intra-service solidarity. That is important, but we know today that the era of single-service activities is gone.

“You must learn and live here thinking of yourselves as officers of the armed forces of Nigeria or armed forces of your various countries for our international participants as opposed to Army, Navy or Air Force officers.

“Additionally, going by the nature of today’s realities, the need to keep a tab on your contemporaries from other security organisations and ministries, departments and agencies is extremely important,” he said.

The commandant re-emphasised the doctrine of joint service, which according to him, emphasises joint planning and operations.

He also charged the participants to always remember that their role was to uphold the tenets of democracy and the dictates of the constitutions of their respective countries.

“In this regard, we are supposed to engage our negotiations and dialogue skills as exemplified during the Higher Defense Management module of the course we just completed.

“Additionally, knowing that kinetic actions in themselves are not a means to an end in modern conflict, the need to embrace the whole-of-society approach in all our strategic engagements cannot be overemphasised.

“This inevitably underscores the necessity for integrated thinking, planning and execution as the civilian population is no less crucial in military operations.

“Indeed, there is hardly any operation today that does not involve the civil populace, directly or indirectly, either as actors or victims. It is For these reasons that the participation of the police and other security agencies, as well as civilians from strategic ministries, departments and agencies on the course has become inevitable,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria graduation dinner is usually the climax of activities lined up for the graduation ceremony of NDC course participants annually.

The course usually runs for 11 months of intensive strategic and higher defence training for officers from the rank of Colonel and above for the three services, as well as the police and strategic MDAs.

The graduation and induction of the participants as fellows of the NDC will take place on Friday with the President as the Special Guest of Honour

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Fulham 0-2 Chelsea: Mudryk, Broja strike to earn Blues their second league win of the season



Chelsea bagged two first-half goals to seal a crucial win over West London rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage and move up to 11th on the Premier League table.

The Blues flew out of the blocks as they debuted their new Infinite Athlete kit and created the first chance of the match after only 80 seconds, but Armando Broja could not capitalise.

Chelsea looked bright with Enzo Fernandez conducting affairs, and they picked the Cottagers apart.

Mykhailo Mudryk was looking electric and dangerous. The Ukrainian winger opened the scoring on 18 as he controlled a pass from Levi Colwill before slotting the ball beyond Bernd Leno.

It was Mudryk’s first Premier League goal following his £88 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk in January. And within seconds, Chelsea had their second.

Tim Ream had a moment to forget as he gave the ball away to Cole Palmer. The young English playmaker then slipped Broja in, but Ream hit the ball off the Albanian striker as the ball trickled past Leno.

Fulham tried to find gaps behind Marc Cucurella and Axel Disasi on the right side of Chelsea’s defence, but it was not working. Chelsea controlled the game and held their two-goal going into the break.

In the second 45, Fulham came out with more attacking poise, and it helped that Mudryk went off with a knock, giving Fulham the impetus to come forward, but Chelsea’s defence stood resolute.

Vinicius and Alex Iwobi came on for Fulham and helped their side find spaces beyond Chelsea’s backline, but the Boys in Blue defended well and showed they were still dangerous.

Ian Maatsen, on for Mudryk, hit the post, and Leno had to be quick to smother Fernandez’s rebound effort. Fulham forced Chelsea to work for their lead, but Mauricio Pochettino’s men looked up to it.

Substitute Tom Cairney created a lovely chance for Sasa Lukic. However, Robert Sanchez stuck out a brilliant leg to save the effort and keep his side in it.

On 83, Willian tried an effort from outside the box, but it did not cause any problems for Sanchez as Chelsea ran out 2-0 victors

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Tribunal verdict: Governor rejects judgement, calls for calm



Nasarawa State Governor, His Excellency, Engr. Abdullahi A. Sule has rejected Monday’s judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal delivered in Lafia.

While speaking to teeming supporters of the APC at the Government House, Lafia, Governor Sule says the judgement will be challenged at the appeal court.

He however call on the people of the state to remain calm and law abiding.

Engr. Sule promised to continue discharging his duties as the Executive Governor with more vigor.

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Man Utd winger Anthony in contention for Galatasaray UEFA champions league clash



Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Antony could feature for Manchester United against Galatasaray after rejoining his ranks at Old Trafford.

The Brazil international forward was granted indefinite leave by the Red Devils following a series of alarming allegations made against him by former girlfriend Gabriela Cavallin.

Antony has been back in his homeland since then, allowing him to meet with police forces in Sao Paulo.

He returned to England last week and has held five hours of talks with Greater Manchester Police.

The 23-year-old winger maintains his innocence – having also faced accusations from two other women.

United have allowed him to focus on off-field matters of late, but revealed ahead of a Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace that Antony had been given a green light to return to training and was once again available for selection.

He has only taken in one session since then, suggesting that he will be short on match fitness, but Ten Hag says the South American is in his thoughts ahead of the Champions League group stage meeting with Galatasaray on Tuesday.

The Dutch coach has said: “Antony will be in consideration but yesterday was his first time back in team training. We have a final training, then we’ll make a decision.”

Ten Hag added when delivering an update on Lisandro Martinez – with the World Cup-winning Argentine defender still struggling with a long-standing foot injury: “I can confirm, yeah. Licha Martinez will undergo surgery and the team news is Antony can probably return.”

Antony’s last appearance for United came in the club’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal on September 3.

He was removed from the Brazil squad for the last round of international fixtures and has not registered a goal for club or country since April 16.

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