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Nigeria’s First Lady Remi Tinubu Hails First Nigerian Female Sandhurst Army Graduate

Remi Tinubu says Oluchukwu Owowoh is a reference point for Nigeria’s youth.

Wife of the President, Senator Oluremi Tinubu on Monday received the first female Sandhurst-trained Nigerian Army officer, Second Leuitenant  Oluchukwu Owowoh, after she completed her training, describing her as an inspiration to the nation’s youth. 

Owowoh completed her training from the Royal Military Academy (RMA), Sandhurst, United Kingdom, on the 12th of April, 2024.

The First Lady, who noted the sterling performances of 24 year-old personnel, said the officer is a good example of the great feats Nigerian youth can achieve.

She said: “Your determination and resilience are quite remarkable and you are an inspiration to the youth of this country. As a woman, the first who has made a mark in a male dominated field, I salute you. 

“You have the entire world ahead of you. This is just the beginning. You are now a reference point for all Nigerian Youth. If you remain focused and positive, you will reach your goal in life”.

Mrs Tinubu, in a practical demonstration of celebrating the young officer, requested all present, including the wife of the Vice President, Wife of the Speaker, wives of ministers, wives of service chiefs and members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, to give a standing ovation to 2nd Lt Owowoh.

“I thank the Nigerian Army for giving 2nd Lt Owowoh the opportunity even in this male dominated field. Thank you”.

Earlier in her remarks, the wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, Mrs Oghogho Musa, pointed out that the training and graduation of Owowoh is a testament of improved female inclusion in the country.

Also speaking, Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Major General O.J.Ochai, explained that Owowoh was the best of the 200 selected cadets from the NDA.

According to him, the officer excelled in three areas earmarked, which were academics, military subjects and physical fitness.

She received the prestigious Sandhurst Medal after the likes of Sir Winston Churchill, Prince Willams of Wales, and former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon.

She has since been assigned to the Nigerian Military Intelligence unit on her return to the country.

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

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