Gen Olonisakin Reels out Achievements as CDS
The immediate past of Chief of Defence Staff, 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, noting that AFN under his leadership was transformed from being inexperienced in asymmetric warfare but also built enormous capacity, and gained valuable experience in fighting asymmetric threats to the nation.
According to him, “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.
He 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 five-year tenure as the Chief of Defence Staff as successful, Olonisakin, assured that he has the Armed Forces in capable hands.
He said, “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 to the Chief of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs in order to achieve the mandate of addressing the spate of insecurity in our dear country.”