Defence Minister, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd.), has told retired military officers to contribute their quote to national security and development through researched literary works.
Magashi spoke at the launch of a book, titled: An Admiral’s Compass: Reflections on Leadership, Military Strategy and Maritime Security, written by Rear Admiral Francis Akpan (retd.) in Lagos.
The minister, who was represented by the Commandant of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Mohammed Idris, said the book would help the Navy in effective formulation of its maritime strategy in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG).
Praising the author for writing the book, Magashi said it came at a time the nation and the world were faced with myriad of asymmetric security threats.
“This will significantly enhance the Nigerian Navy’s effectiveness as the vital agency in the formulation of maritime strategy and lead organisation for maritime domain awareness and maritime security.
“The Armed Forces and the Nigerian Navy, in particular will, therefore, be required to creditably engage in military policing duties and projection of national power at sea enabling diplomacy and fostering national pride.
“My personal interactions with the author dates back to my tenure as the Commander of the Nigerian Contingent in ECOMOG, where he served in the Naval Task Force.
“Rear Admiral Akpan (retd.) also served as the Commander of the Naval Unit, Abuja, while I commanded the Brigade of Guards.
“The book is a product of decades of professional and intellectual military experiences.”