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Tinubu Reaffirms Commitment To National Security 

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President Bola Tinubu has reaffirmed his administration's commitment to building a well-equipped and professional army as he tasked the Nigerian Army to ensure that violent groups do not overpower peaceful and law-abiding citizens.

 

Tinubu stated this on Saturday while speaking at the grand finale of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) at the 3 Division Nigerian Army Rukuba, Bassa local government area of Plateau State.

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He highlighted the vital role the Nigerian Army has played from the colonial era to the present day in safeguarding the nation, adding that this has been instrumental in maintaining the security and development of Nigeria.

 

“We have sacrificed our lives for the peace and unity of our nation,” Tinubu said while acknowledging the increasing security challenges over the past decade and praised the army's efforts in addressing the issues across all states.

 

Represented by the Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, the minister of defence, Tinubu announced the approval of group life assurance payments to fallen soldiers and the acquisition of new attack helicopters and other essential equipment.

 

“We are dedicated to providing you with everything needed to fulfill your constitutional responsibilities,” he stated.

 

The President further expressed pride in the army's equipment and commitment, urging the troops to continue their professional conduct in operations against violent groups.

 

He also encouraged collaboration with other security agencies and the public to achieve national security goals.

 

Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja at the event, emphasised the importance of community support and collaboration with the military. “Our experience in ongoing operations nationwide highlights the need for a whole-of-society approach to security efforts,” Lagbaja said.

 

He outlined the army's recent activities, including public speaking engagements, a literary competition, free medical services, and the commissioning of quick impact projects in host communities.

 

Lagbaja assured that the army remains focused on eliminating threats to national security and pledged continued adherence to professionalism and ethical conduct.


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