We’ve Built Military Capacity to Combat Asymmetric, Cyber Threats – Olonisakin
The immediate- past Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Gabriel Olonisakin, said the Armed Forces of Nigeria has developed both operational and strategic capacities to protect the country against cyber and asymmetric threats.
He made the disclosure during his ‘pulling-out parade’ at the Mogadishu Barracks in Abuja.
According to Olonisakin, the armed forces, under his leadership, was transformed from being inexperienced in asymmetric warfare, while also building their capacity, and fighting asymmetric threats the nation faced, at various periods.
He said: “In the course of my five and a half years, as the Chief of Defence Staff, the Armed Forces of Nigeria, under my leadership, and with the strategic guidance of the President, Commander-in-Chief, and the Honourable Minister of Defence, has been transformed from being inexperienced in asymmetric warfare and has over time, built enormous capacity, and gained valuable experience in fighting asymmetric threats to the nation.”
Gen. Olonisakin added that the current capacity to defend Nigeria has transited from fighting conventional war on land, sea and air alone, to capacity to also contain threats to the nation in the cybersecurity and information domain.
Describing his tenure as CDS as successful, Olonisakin, said he left the military in safe and capable hands.
He noted: “I wish to state that I am leaving the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the hands of a competent and experienced successor, who apart from being a former Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force, a former Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE and a former Chief of Defence Training and Operations, have also been fully involved in all our operational and other initiatives of the Defence Headquarters under my watch.
“I urge you all to continue to work with greater commitment and support the new Chief of Defence Staff and the rest Service Chiefs in order to tackle the lingering insecurity in our dear country.”
By Intercontinental News 247