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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday approved a vote of confidence in the army on its ability to protect the country from insurgency, kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities.
President Buhari expressed full confidence in the Nigerian army’s ability to protect the nation’s territorial integrity, in Kaduna on Saturday at the combined parade of cadets of 67 regular course and 46 short service (army) in Nigerian defense. Academy (NDA).
The president, who was the review officer, said that the loyalty and patriotism of the service personnel must be sustained and strengthened, he called on all Nigerians to defend and project the unity of the country.
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He assured that the Federal Government will increase the workforce and improve training to face the changing dynamics of security in the country.
He said: “Despite our obvious differences, we must strive to ensure that our actions and statements are aimed at strengthening our democratic framework.
“We must subsume our personal and sectoral interests to the overall national aspirations for unity, economic prosperity and good governance.”
President Buhari said the nation was going through a time of great need for cohesion, peace and unity, and praised “the resilience and steadfastness of the Armed Forces personnel for their professionalism and courage in facing the threat of terrorism, insurgency and banditry. armed in the country. Northeast and Northwest areas, as well as conflicts between pastoralists / farmers, kidnappings, piracy and communal confrontations in other parts of our country ”.
“Allow me at this time to reaffirm the will of our administration to support the operations of the Armed Forces in the defense of the nation. Recently, I approved the increase in the hiring of labor in the three services to address the personnel shortage that is experienced.
“In addition, the Federal Government will maintain the provision of adequate modern equipment, logistics and infrastructure necessary to support the operations of the Armed Forces.
“These will undoubtedly improve the preparation of the Armed Forces to face contemporary security challenges, especially with innovations in the field of war, information, communication and technology.”
The president noted that the government continues to focus on fighting insurgency, armed banditry and other forms of crime throughout the country.
“We remain committed to ending the security challenges facing the country. I am confident that the training received by cadets who faint has equipped them adequately to meet any challenge in the line of duty.
“The general contexts in which these potential agents will be deployed are complex, fluid and dynamic. So you will have to keep up with these ever-changing challenges.
“Gentlemen Cadet Officers, the successful completion of a rigorous and demanding task of this nature undoubtedly instills in you a sense of self-worth, efficacy and accomplishment.
“Furthermore, it lifts your spirits and leaves you with the conviction that with commitment and dedication you will successfully accomplish the future tasks that come your way as officers of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Let me now remind cadets to faint from the need to be committed to the nation by taking their rightful place among their peers in the Armed Forces of our country.”
The president said that all achievements in national security were possible thanks to the tireless efforts of the armed forces and other security agencies, urging graduates to join their senior colleagues in the field and contribute to the defense of the country.
“With the quality of the training he has received, I am convinced that he will carry out his duties in a professional and responsible manner. I can say without ambiguity that the future is promising for our defense and national security. “
President Buhari commended the Nigerian Defense Academy commander, officers, men, and academic staff for their dedication to duty and determination to stay the course despite the peculiarities of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I note that despite the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy has remained focused and committed to its core mandate of training official cadets. Therefore, I congratulate the Council of the Nigerian Defense Academy for its strong performance.
“The Nigerian Defense Academy, since its inception in 1964, has continued to train young Nigerians for the Armed Forces to fulfill their role in protecting the territorial sovereignty of the nation.
“I was made to understand that the Academy, in order to enrich its training curriculum, recently took cadets on a tour of front-line communities in the Northeast theater of operations. The tour was to keep the cadets informed of the challenges of the battle royale setting and to increase their combat readiness.
“As a retired General, I can say with every sense of responsibility that I am encouraged by the excellent work invested in training these cadet officers for service to this great nation and to humanity in general.”
The president said it had been a challenging year for all nations of the world, and Nigeria, which registered its index case of COVID-19 in February, adding that “this administration has proactively responded to the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 helping to prevent further spread and take the appropriate measures necessary.
“In addition, the government has taken positive mitigation measures to cushion the adverse impact of the pandemic through people-oriented policies.”
President Buhari also thanked the parents and guardians of the young men and women for taking the bold steps to ensure that their charges enrolled in the military.
“Finally, I want to thank the Commander and all the Academy staff for their tireless efforts to ensure that these young Nigerians receive the proper training that will allow them to contribute their quota to nation building. Therefore, I wish you all a safe journey when you return to your respective abodes. “
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