The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has stated that an understanding of historical past by army personnel is vital within the planning and execution of army operations.
Mr Magashi acknowledged this on the maiden annual Nigerian Military Navy Historical past Seminar, organised by the Nigerian Military Useful resource Centre (NARC) on Tuesday in Abuja.
The minister was represented by the coordinator, Peace Help Operations of the Ministry of Defence, Sani Mohammed.
Mr Magashi stated it was vital for an organisation to have a reputable platform for the collation of its historical past and actions to acquire helpful classes and keep away from the pitfall of the previous.
He counseled the Nigerian military for the institution of the Navy Historical past Institute underneath NARC to doc its previous legacies.
Mr Magashi stated the institute would offer the analytical instruments for the event of a practical homegrown doctrine for skilled effectivity.
In line with him, the Nigerian military has a really wealthy historical past spanning over 158 years relationship again to 1863.
“A few of the actions of the Nigerian military cuts throughout the participation in peace help operations within the development of its international coverage right down to the assorted inside safety operations resembling counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism carried out to maintain Nigeria as a nation.
“The contributions of the army to nation-building are additionally invaluable and worthy of documentation.
“The historic recollections generated by these operations are evergreen and have to be documented,” he stated.
The minister stated that the seminar could be used to relish recollections and draw helpful classes to unravel current challenges and information future actions.
The Director-Normal of NARC, Garba Wahab, stated the seminar was in recognition of the significance of historical past to people, organisations and communities, in addition to future planning.
Mr Wahab famous that historical past was not given the prominence it deserved in Nigeria, including that the topic was even faraway from the first and secondary curriculum in some unspecified time in the future.
He stated that effort should be made to return to the drafting board by giving extra prominence to historical past.
In line with him, it’s believed that we have now learnt from what occurred in Nigeria just like the civil battle and the Metasine disaster, and their causative elements.
“Navy males are required to grasp army historical past as a result of planning for battle, battle or any occasion begins with understanding the actual occasion and developing with the technique and plan on what to do.
“And like I stated, in case you don’t take what occurred previously, analyse it critically and convey out the lesson, you’ll proceed to dwell previously,” he stated.