Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Olonisakin

Be Apolitical, Vigilant, CDS Tells NAF’s 106 Graduating Cadets

Chief of Defense Staff, CDS, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, has charged the 106 officer cadets recently graduated from the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, Base, Kaduna to be at all times vigilant and apolitical since there are still more to be done even with the degradation of the capabilities of insurgents.

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The CDS made this call at the passing out parade for the 106 officer cadets of the Direct Short Service Commission (DSCC) Course 26 held on Friday.

The course took 24 weeks of rigorous and intensive military training at the NAF’s Military Training Centre (MTC).

“You should be apolitical, vigilant and refrain from acts or utterances capable of putting the armed forces in disrepute”, he said.

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“Military service is by no means an avenue meant solely for the purpose of earning a living wage and putting food on the table. There will be times of hardship, separation from loved ones and demand to give a lot from a little. Therefore, your dedication and patriotism will be vital moral compasses to guide you in navigating through such difficult and complex times,” the CDS reiterated.

According to the army officer, the successful completion of the training of the DSSC 26 cadets is another step in the right direction by the current NAF leadership to sustain its human capacity building initiatives while also increasing the NAF’s manpower situation to meet the nation’s security challenges.

The CDS stated that while a lot had been achieved in degrading the capacity and capability of insurgents and terrorists, much more needed to be done to achieve the level of peace and security desired for the Nigerian people.

He therefore charged the passing out cadets to be ready to exhibit courage, compassion and wisdom in leading the personnel that would be placed in their charge while tackling the nation’s numerous security
challenges.

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