Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor has expressed that the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna is like every other school and the military did not see any need to intensify security around it.
Irabor spoke on the recent attack on the institution during the Urgent Conversations programme of RadioNow on Friday.
He said the incident does not cast doubt on the ability of the military to defend the country.
“Have we not been under attack? That an attack happened at the NDA does not imply that we are not under attack on a daily basis. Do you know how many of the attacks that we have had to ward off?” Irabor asked.
“The troops in the frontline, the terrorist elements, who are they attacking? Even in the south-east, who have they attacked? –police and military. The attack on the NDA is what I would likely describe as an armed robbery attack of any unsuspecting individual.
“In any case, that is a training institution. That it is called Nigeria Defence Academy or military academy does not mean that it is not the same as any other school.
“Of course, I was embarrassed that we did not foresee such a threat. NDA is not a place we think that we should fortify to such a level that the liberty that is required to be able to emplace the level of leadership, learning and skills are lost. That is a lesson that we have factored but that does not in any way dampen the preparedness of the armed forces to do defend the nation.”