The Vice Chancellor Nigerian Army University Biu Professor Kyari Mohammed led a delegation of the Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) of the University to attend the 24th, 25th, 26th combined convocation ceremony of the Modibbo Adama University Yola, held on the 22nd and 23rd October 2021.

The guest lecturer for the Convocation Lecture, Lt Gen TY Buratai (rtd), currently the Ambassador of Nigeria to Benin Republic delivered a lecture on ‘‘The Nigerian Front in the War on Terror: Security or Development’’ explained the importance of security and development as key to a successful post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization to providing security and development to the nation. The concepts are intricately tied together, although it is evident that security is prerequisite for development but there can be no development without security either, Said Buratai.

Addressing the root course of Insurgency/Security, General Buratai (rtd) identified some root causes to poor governance, weak institution, ungoverned spaces, poverty and lack of rural development, adding that the Nigerian Military has developed several operations along both kinetic and non-kinetic lines of efforts to salvage insurgency in the country.

In the search for what needs to be done for peace, security and development, Ambassador Buratai said ‘‘we must search for security during peace time through all round development. The whole of society must be involved, there must be good and inclusive governance, strong military actions, International Collaboration and effective counter narratives to challenge the terrorists’ ideology’’.

The need to find a lasting solution to this insecurity and sporadic attacks to a permanent conclusion, Amb. Buratai said ‘‘this requires the synergy, political will, sacrifice and commitment of all government, Civil Society Organisation, Community Based Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, Traditional Rulers and the populace. The quest for security must go with development”.

Delivering a good will message on behalf of NAUB delegates, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Professor Lawan B. Buratai congratulated the University for a successful conduct of its convocation ceremony and wish the graduands the best in their life endeavours.

NAUB delegate led by The Vice Chancellor, include The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Prof Fatimah Tahir; The Registrar, Brig Gen SS Ibrahim, The Librarian Maj Gen MM Bunza represented by Maryam Sabo Suleiman, DG Tukur Buratai Institute for War and Peace, Brig Gen A Dadan Garba (rtd), Commanding Officer NAUB Admin Battalion, Major JG Usman amongst other Senior Officers of the University.

HI Rabiu (ANIPR).