INTRODUCTION: PresidEnt Shebu Shagari of Nigeria has said his country will continue o make a meaniNgful contribution to the collective security of Africa.
GV President Shagari and officials inspecting troops (2 shots)
GV Line of troops ready for inspection (2 shots)
SV Dignitaries watch troops parade
SV Shagari on dias watching troops march
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Background: INTRODUCTION: PresidEnt Shebu Shagari of Nigeria has said his country will continue o make a meaniNgful contribution to the collective security of Africa. He made the statement during a review if the combined cadets of Nigeria's armed forces at the Kaduna Defence Academy on Friday (18 December).
SYNOPSIS: President Shagari told the outgoing cadets to regard themselves not only as the custodians of Nigeria's security, but of Africa as a whole. He said that after three years of training they were on the brink of joining the officer class of one of Africa's largest armed forces. More than 170 cadets from all branches of the forces were passing out.
Striking a more general note, the Nigerian leader said the forces outside Africa were fomenting trouble in the continent and the army had to be on its guard. He called for co-operation between the various African armies. Nigeria id the largest contributor to the Pan-African force currently assembling in Chad to act as a peacekeeping group between that country's warring factions. And the United States is channelling most of its military aid that force through the Nigerian contingent.