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THE 3rd REGULAR COURSE OF THE NIGERIAN DEFENCE ACADEMY THE ELITES OF THE NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES: BOUND TOGETHER BY PROVIDENCE

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THE PROFESSIONS THE 3rd REGULAR COURSE OF THE NIGERIAN DEFENCE ACADEMY THE ELITES OF THE NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES: BOUND TOGETHER BY PROVIDENCE Whoever has been privileged to be in the circle of military officers, retired and serving; (particularly we bloody civilians would not miss certain virtues and qualities; chief among these, the discipline, respect, amity and companionship that characterize their relationships. One could be tempted to describe the profession as a cult. I once asked a top military officer what really propels them to embrace attitudes of espirit de corps, described as: Morale and the capacity of a group’s members to maintain belief in an institution or goal, particularly in the face of opposition or hardship. (Wikipedia) On a lighter note, I have witnessed several times, conducts of even retired military personnel, who still maintain that discipline and respect for their superiors while in active service, even at social functions. This piece opens a series of compilations titled: THE PROFESSIONS, that will be run on TERRIFIC HEADLINES, basically to give insight into what to expect and heights attainable by young ones wishing to attend the Defence Academy. My first deep interaction with the military was in the 1980s, when I followed late Gen. Sasaenia Adedeji Oresanya, a complete gentleman officer of the Corps of Supply & Transport to the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, during his tenure as Military Governor of old Oyo State from July 1988 to August 1990. Oresanya, was simple and courteous, imbued with native intelligence and highly proficient in the chanting of Yoruba poetries called: Ijala He possessed a (psc+) pronounced psc dagger; awarded to officers who attended the Command & Staff College and were later appointed instructors to teach in the College. The acronym: psc is a post-nominal for passed Staff College in the Commonwealth militaries that indicates that an officer has undertaken the staff officer course at a Staff College. I later went back to the NDA on an official assignment, to compile a television documentary for the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State in 1989. I have since been associated with military bosses: Navy Captain Anthony Udofia, Colonel Anthony Obi, Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye, and Brig-Gen. Olagunsoye Oyinlola (all of them retired with impressive records in the military (though I am told that you dont write reports on your bosses) But I could always plead that what I am a civilian democrat and my writing is…

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