Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Monday instructed the Higher Institute of Defence Studies (ISEDEF) to make a case study of the violent extremism that has affected the northern province of Cabo Delgado over the past year.
The institution, he said, should study the motivations of the insurgents and suggest how to manage the environment created by the violence, and how to combat the phenomenon.
Nyusi was speaking at the close of military courses at ISEDEF in the southern city of Matola, at which 191 students graduated from courses teaching masters degrees.
"I am talking about the northern theatre", he said. "We challenge the ISEDEF command and the entire teaching body to be proactive in seeking innovative solutions for the good of the country and of Mozambicans".
Since October 2017, a shadowy islamist insurgency has claimed around 100 lives in the northern districts of Cabo Delgado. The insurgents are referred to locally as "Al Shabaab", although they do not seem to have any direct connection with the Somali terrorist group of that name.
Nyusi added that ISEDEF must also continue to develop teaching and research activities, concentrating on its main mission.
ISEDEF was set up seven years ago with the main task of providing continual training to the permanent staff of the Mozambique Defence Forces (FADM), supporting the formulation of national strategic thinking, through the study, research and publication of material on defence and security issues.
Nyusi also instructed ISEDEF to strengthen its bilateral cooperation with similar institutions (in the country and abroad) in order to exchange experiences, and to provide specialist courses, depending on the needs of the defence sector.
He hoped that ISEDEF "will be able to develop a culture of rigour and excellence, encouraging innovation and guaranteeing the effectiveness of the results so as to project the reputation demanded of military higher education among society".
He urged the finalists to use the knowledge they have acquired to develop the operational capacities of their FADM units.
Some of the students graduated by ISEDEF are civilians, and Nyusi urged them to be models of citizenship, patriotism and professionalism, participating actively in the sustainable development of Mozambique, through continual scientific research, with tangible results. He wanted them to identify the problems that plague the people and propose feasible solutions.