January 27, 2023

Ranking military strategist sees hope in Nigeria’s instability

Navy Commodore Isaac Mashingil Mankilik (second from left) receives award of excellence from Young Youth Nigeria Network, Tuesday

A leading Nigerian military trainer, retd Navy Commodore Isaac Mankilik has advised youths in the country to patiently invest in research and contributing to build the country.

“For every cloud there is a silver lining and for every silver there is a cloud threatening it. So be humble and hopeful,” Mankilik, a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics told a group of youths during separate courtesy calls in his residence in Jos, Tuesday.

Part of Nigeria’s challenges, the former Lecturer at the Nigerian Army War College and current Registrar, Admiralty University of Nigeria said are caused by impatience.

“It is very easy to complain about what people are doing wrong. We fail to situate ourselves as to whether what we are doing is right.

“Patience and hard-work takes you there. That is what I want the youths of this country to imbibe – patience and hard work. Don’t be on the fast lane. The fast lane is the outer lane. You can skid off the road easily. Don’t be on the fast lane. Take it easy on the slow lane but be steady,” said Mankilik.

He however cautioned political leaders against decisions that negatively impact youths. “Build the youth, build the nation; destroy the youth, destroy the nation. When you retire to your closet you must ask yourself – am I building or destroying the youths,” he said.

The visiting youth groups – Young Youth Nigeria Network and National Association of Nigerian Students who presented Mankilik with an award of excellence and branded wears respectively described him as philanthropic leader.

Navy Commodore Isaac Mashingil Mankilik is an accomplished Officer of the Nigerian Navy, a celebrated scholar, a seasoned administrator and a highly reputed elder statesman. An industrial engineer, Operations research specialist, system analyst, mathematician and Readiness Strategists with over 30 years experience, Commodore Mankilik has served Nigeria and the entire African continent in immeasurable ways.

Currently the Registrar, Admiralty University of Nigeria, Commodore Mankilik was at different times the Director, Defense Education, at the Defense Headquarters Abuja, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Science and Technology Department, National Defense College, Abuja, and National Short-time expert to European Union Technical Assistance to Nigeria’s Evolving Security Challenges (EUTANS).

In 1999, Commodore Mankilik’s painstaking research in combat readiness techniques founded the lamba technique for readiness assessment of combat systems, which is currently credited with majority of the successes recorded by the Nigerian defense system in combating terrorism. However, his major breakthrough has been his involvement in policy research and implementation in the area of national strategy development, preventive diplomacy, crisis management and peace efforts among others.