The Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, has emphasized the importance of nations acting within the confines of international law for enhanced national security.
According to a statement by
the Director of Press and Public Relations, Henshaw Ogubike,
the minister stated this during the opening ceremony of the Chief of Defence Intelligence Annual Conference 2023, in Abuja.
Abubakar highlighted the significance of Defence Diplomacy and regional collaboration in addressing security challenges.
He urged participants to respect sovereign equality, avoid interference in internal affairs of other nations, and underscored the need for cooperation within the boundaries of international law.
Addressing the conference, Minister of State for Defence, Dr Muhammed Bello Matawalle, called for more strategies in improving security, politics, the economy, and diplomacy.
He urged Defence Attaches/Advisers to build strong relationships with host countries.
National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, outlined the conference’s objective as a platform to review progress, assess challenges, and strategize for the future.
Ribadu assured the commitment of the Federal Government to maintain a robust Defence Management and security apparatus.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Ibrahim Abubakar Kana, emphasized the crucial role of diplomacy in sustaining peace and preserving human lives.
He called for full implementation of the recommendations from the 2022 conference.
Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major General Emmanuel Undiandeye, who highlighted the theme, “Leveraging Defence Diplomacy and Effective Regional Collaboration for Enhanced National Security”, praised the Military’s successes against insurgents and called for sustained collaborative efforts in Defence diplomacy to address threats effectively.
Written by: Safiya Wada