Defence minister lauds army for sacrifices, selflessness  

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The Minister of Defence Mohammed Badaru Abubakar has lauded troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) for their sacrifice and selflessness in tackling security challenges bedeviling the country.

The minister gave the commendation after receiving a brief on the operational engagements of the NA on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, during his maiden familiarization visit to the Army Headquarters, Abuja.

The minister, who was accompanied by the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr Bello Muhammed Matawalle and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, appreciated the efforts of the Nigerian Army in fighting emerging security challenges, pledging that the Federal Government will do all within its powers to support the Nigerian Army, especially through interventions in provision of accommodation, manpower, logistics and combat enablers to enhance personnel’s morale and operational efficiency in mitigating security challenges across the country.

Congratulating the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja for the  successes so far attained, the minister averred that the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu  will continue to support the NA to achieve its constitutional responsibilities. He urged the troops not to relent in restoring the desired peace to the country.

In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of State for Defence, Dr Bello Matawalle called on Nigerians to appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of the military and security agencies, who give their all in protecting the nation. Matawalle also urged the public to support officers and men of the Armed Forces as they perform their statutory function of protecting the citizenry. He added, that the NA approach to  ending insecurity should be all-of-society approach, stressing that Non-Kinectic approach will facilitate holistic decisions, to enhance peace and tranquility in the country.

The Minister of State also advocated for intelligence sharing among security agencies in the country to enhance ongoing operations.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja in his remarks expressed gratitude to the Honorable Minister and Minister of State for Defence for their support to the NA in its strive to combat insecurity. He noted that the NA has thus far received visible interventions from the Federal Government, which he maintained, has been positively impactful on NA operations.

He pledged that the NA in synergy with sister services and other security agencies will not fail the nation in providing adequate security to attain peace in the country.


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