•Improve civil-military relations
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has told the Senate Committee that held public hearing to consider the nill for the establishment of the Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB), that one of the major reasons for setting it up was to counter the narratives of the Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) amongst others.
While making a presentation at the occasion on Tuesday, he thanked members of the Senate Committee on Army for their contributions, unwavering interest and support in passing the bill for the establishment of NAUB.
Buratai in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sagir Musa, argued that the establishment of the university “will surely address the critical need for education in different specialized fields”.
“The university is equally positioned to provide necessary academic programmes to counter negative narratives and ideology of the terrorists. It is one of the Nigerian Army’s major efforts in the pursuit of winning the hearts and minds of the society and a remarkable milestone in promoting excellent civil-Mil relations,” he saidm
The COAS made it very clear that – “every eligible Nigerian, irrespective of geographical location, language, tribe or religion has equal opportunity to pursue academic learning in the university”.
He also expressed gratitude to the President and Commander -in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari for the approval to establish the university in the year 2018.
The NAUB which is located in Biu LGA of Borno State has since been running courses in different academic fields. It is gradually becoming a citadel of learning and emerging Centre for academic and intellectual excellence.
The public hearing witnessed the participation of relevant stakeholders from National University Commission, Federal Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence, Civil Society Organizations and the University Council among others.