President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja inaugurated the Armed Forces Council.
The inauguration was done at the president’s main office which reports said Buhari had avoided since his return from his London medical trip on August 19.
The council, established by CAP A20 of Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and Section 4 of the Armed Forces Act is to be responsible, under the general authority of the president, for command, discipline and administration of and for all other matters related to the Armed Forces.
According to a statement by Tukur Gusau, the Public Relations Officer to the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, the last Armed Forces Council meeting was held on July 17, 2014.
He said there was the need to convene the council meeting in order to consider matters of great concern to the Armed Forces.
Gusau listed the matters considered for inaugurating the council as including the ratifications of the National Defence Policy 2017 (Revised), Harmonized Terms and Conditions of Service Officers 2017 (Revised) and Rstricted Harmonized Terms and Condition of Service Soldiers/Ratings/Armen 2017 (Revised).
He expressed belief that the ratification of the documents would enable the Armed Forces to cope “with the ever changing contemporary security challenges.”
He said it would also help to enhance welfare, command, discipline and administration of the Armed Forces as well as policy framework governing the conduct of security and defence in Nigeria.