The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, has commended the partnership between the University and the Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE), Ilorin, towards the postgraduate training of qualified military officers. 

Prof. Abdulkareem, who stated this penultimate Friday (June 29, 2018) at the Graduation Ceremony of the Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) Officers Executive Management Course 10/18, charged the NASE graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution.   Represented by the Dean of Student Affairs, University of Ilorin, Prof. Lanre Tajudeen Ajibade, the Vice-Chancellor, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the graduation, commended the Nigerian Army for raising the name of the University of Ilorin high

Prof. Abdulkareem further highlighted other areas of partnership for professional development such as the Ilorin Business School, which could yield numerous benefits to both institutions. 

Also speaking at the event, the Director of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies (CPSS), University of Ilorin, Prof. Noah Yusuf, commended the graduands for demonstrating a high level of discipline and professionalism expected from officers and men of the Nigerian Army. 

Prof. Yusuf described men of the Nigerian Army as disciplined and detribalised Nigerians who are committed to the service of the motherland, saying, “As one of the resource persons from the academia, I can attest to the rigorous training experiences undergone by these military officers”.

Earlier, the Commandant of NASE, Sobi Cantonment, Gen. N.S. Umaru, tasked the graduands on their newly acquired knowledge, and encouraged them to prove their mettle wherever they find themselves and aim to excel in their endeavours. 

Gen. Umaru further warned them to show restraint in their use of the social media platforms based on the new rules and policy of the Army, saying, “We should not be carried away by the things happening around us”. 

The Commandant, thereafter, commended the level of synergy and cooperation which exists among security agencies in Kwara State, saying this should be demonstrated at every level in order to move the nation forward. 

 On NASE's collaboration with the University of Ilorin, Gen. Umaru said that the CPSS Director, Prof. Yusuf, “has done a very good job in selecting teachers to come and deliver lectures on topical issues”, which has impacted greatly on the students. 

Dr. Abdulsalam Bolakale Suleiman, who delivered the Graduation Lecture, entitled “Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria: State Response and Strategic Option”, dwelt extensively on the history of the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency as well as the efforts of the Nigerian Army in tackling the insurgency and banditry, as well as challenges confronting it in its bid towards safeguarding the peace and unity of the nation.