Buhari convenes first Armed Forces Council meeting in 3 yrs

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By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA—THREE years after the last Armed Forces Council meeting in 2014, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, presided over the first since he came on board as a civilian president.

The meeting was symbolic as it took place in his main office at the Presidential, Villa, Abuja, which he abandoned since he returned from his medical vacation in London, United Kingdom, following allegation of rodents’ invasion of the office.

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Recall that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, had explained that because of the invasion of rodents in President Buhari’s office, repair works by Julius Berger were ongoing.

The development forced the President to fall back on one of the smaller offices in the Villa for official engagements.

However, a statement issued by Col. T. U. Gusau, Public Relations Officer to Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, after the Armed Forces meeting, stated that the meeting considered the ratifications of National Defence Policy 2017 (Revised); Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service Officers 2017 (Revised); and Harmonized Terms and Condition of Service Soldiers/Ratings/Airmen 2017 (Revised) amongst others.

Col. Gusau explained that the ratifications were deemed necessary, in view of contemporary security challenges and to enhance welfare, command, discipline and administration of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

The statement read in part: “Some of the matters considered include the ratifications of the National Defence Policy 2017 (Revised), Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service Officers 2017 (Revised) and Harmonized Terms and Condition of Service Soldiers/Ratings/Airmen 2017 (Revised) amongst others.”

 

 

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