Cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy

Cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy


SEPTEMBER 18, 2011


Jonathan Pledges Better Security



President Goodluck Jonathan Saturday assured Nigerians that his administration is taking all measures to create harmonious and peaceful atmosphere in every part of the country so as to achieve the goals of his transformation agenda.

He also tasked the nation’s Armed Forces to ensure internal security of the nation in addition to their professional duty of defending the territorial integrity of the nation.

Speaking at the Passing out Parade of the 58th Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, the President, who noted that the development of any nation is hinged on security and peace, assured that his administration will continue to give maximum premium national security.

He charged the graduating cadets to comply strictly by the rules of engagement based on universal practices in any security operations they may be involved  within or outside the country.

The event took place amidst tight security as operatives of security agencies including the military intelligence, military police; State security Service among others mounted about 20 check points within the premises of the NDA, subjecting guests and journalists to rigorous anti-bomb scanning checks.

There was however confusion at the Cadets Mess, where the convocation and lecture took place as guests were subjected to what some of them described as embarrassing security screening.

Some of the dignitaries could not enter the Hall as a result of  the security checks while others left the venue of the event out of frustration.

A total of nine cadets went home with various awards and decorations, including Cadet AP Akinwale who carted away a total of three highly coveted awards and decorations, namely the Sword of Honour, Gold Medal and the Indian Cup.

At the end of the rigorous five-year programme of military training and academic instruction which came to a close yesterday, three of the graduating 58th Regular Course cadets passed out from the Nigerian Defence Academy with First Class Honours. They are Peter Unukefe Efe of the Electrical Engineering Department, Michael Obinna Nnamani of the Department of Physics and Bashir Bala of the Department of Economics.

Since its establishment in 1964, the Nigerian Defence Academy has graduated a grand total 17,598 officers. This figure comprises 7,392 Regular Combatant officers, 8,506 Direct Short Service, Short Service and Executive Commission officers and 455 foreign officers from Benin, Liberia, Chad, Guinea, The Gambia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The Academy is presently training cadets from the Republic of Liberia and Togo.

In line with directives issued earlier this year by President Goodluck Jonathan, 20 female cadets will, for the first time ever, join 155 male counterparts in the 5 year-long regular combatant cadet training programme at the commencement of the next session in October 2011.

Since becoming a degree-awarding institution in 1985, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) has graduated a total of 3,490 degree-qualified Regular Course cadets, including 35 First Class Honours graduates across disciplines.

The NDA today operates a Postgraduate School which consists of 3 Faculties with 14 degree-awarding Departments.

The Passing Out Parade of the 58th Regular Course cadets also featured the conferment of honorary doctorate degrees on some distinguished Nigerians, including the His Eminence Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and spiritual leader of Nigeria’s 75 million-strong muslim community. Sultan Abubakar, a retired Brigadier General of the Nigerian Army who similarly passed out from the NDA on 17 December 1977, was conferred with the honorary Doctor of Letters.

Also conferred with the honorary Doctor of Letters degree was the National Security Adviser, General(retd) Andrew Owoeye Azazi, a former Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Defence Staff who passed out from the NDA in June 1974.

Similarly, a former Minister of Education and incumbent senator representing Adamawa Central senatorial district, Professor Jubril Aminu was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science while the duo of Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s Petroleum Minister and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State were conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Management Science.

With additional reports from:
“THIS DAY” (18-9-2011)
NDA online portal


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  1. Ubong okon udofia says:

    pls i want to know whether nda form for 2011/2012 is out, thanks.pls reply it urgent.

  2. After reading and going through the life history of those who passed out from the(nda)nigeria defence academy, they all inspired me.i love nda.its a good academy for the young coming nigerians who have decided to become army officers.once i become a student by the grace of almighty god i will make sure nigeria will become a country that all other countries will look up to.and also all the criminals activities will be brought to justice.i love my country nigeria.

  3. abdullahi muhammed says:

    afta hearin d speech of nd d pasin out of cadet.i would like 2 d problem involve is d conection involve.pls i wmt 2 b among d nex 2 enta.

  4. Atoyebi joshua obi says:

    Sir i will like to be among the new register in 2012 please my desire is be among nigeria armed in the nearest future.. 08034303787

  5. Adamu Aliyu T.(halifa) says:

    Nigeria has tried in groaming good soldiers,who are hearted person. Am appreciating your hardwork and intergraty. And wish also to join this academy after my SSCE.


    Sir,i will like to part of d next set in d academy.Pls guide me thru!

  7. asil says:

    i,m realy want 2b officer but the problem is dat……………………………

  8. Kyangma titus bakut says:

    By the grace of God N D A here i come sir a place 2 remove fear frm a man heart YES SIR 08184670684

  9. My dreams is 2 see myself in NDA but i try it twice. No positive outcome nd i won’t give up bcos with GOD all things are possible..(08073735806)

  10. Blinks says:

    Nda i love u so much n by the grace of the great God of sucess i shall b there

  11. Ndubuisi chigozie says:

    Sir when i was at CDSSE schooling,i enjoyed d discipline and i dicided to join army and i promise my self 2 protect and die for my mother land.therefore i took the NDA exam this year.Here is my number if u need it,08065433342.

  12. Adelakin adesina says:

    Hello sir i wish to be nigeria army in the future pls help me to connect me to the peaple sir my phone number is 08155530290

  13. Nwoye Chukwuebuka.N says:

    Is a dream come-true the day i will see myself in N.D.A…………08063802243

  14. joy imoroa says:

    Pls sa can I be a meber of the nigeria civine defence I love to be a meber

  15. I like nda and i whent to be part of them by the god greace

  16. Ahmed abadam says:

    Goodday sir i wish i am to be a student of nda i am going to try all best my best to make sure i pass the reguirement needed by the acedemy by god grace this is my no 08066111963

  17. abubakar says:

    goodday sir i wish to be a student of nda but i cudnt make it this year,i will try my best nest year this is my number 07066289649

  18. Kalu Micaiah O. says:

    I have a passion to serve my country Nigeria in the capacity of a professional military via NDA.I am a graduate of Unical(Hist & Int’l stud.)…hails from Abia state.Please when will the Direct Short Service Course’s form for 2012 be out?

  19. ogunyemi segun says:

    whenever i heard about dis so called nda,hmmm,am not my self anymore,cos i really lov to be their cadet,but is neva a little price to be there,pls lord help me

  20. Oduwole Gbemisola says:

    Am intrested 2 become a member of civil defence, pls when is recuirement coming up.Thanks u sir.

  21. Tope Felix Oluba says:

    nutify me pls wheneva civil defence is recruiting

  22. oke ayoade kehinde says:

    Sir, I will like to know when the NDA form for 2012/13 will be out?thank you sir.

  23. Sir,i tried army last yr but aborted.when i watched d pasing out parade of nigerian defence academy my spirit was very high.pls i can be contacted via dis no.08101567604

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