President Tinubu lauds Nigerian army’s patriotism, sacrifice

Defence Minister Badaru (Middle) at the event

By Kunle Sanni

President Bola Tinubu has commended the Nigerian Army for its unwavering patriotism and selflessness, highlighting the immense sacrifices made by its personnel to ensure the nation’s peace and security.

Speaking through the Minister of Defence, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, during the grand finale of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2024 at Maxwell Khobe Cantonment, President Tinubu praised the Army’s efforts in addressing Nigeria’s security challenges. He emphasized the Army’s pivotal role in maintaining national safety.

“We live in a complex and ever-changing world and our Army must continue to evolve to meet the new challenges,” the President remarked.

He acknowledged the Army’s initiative in holding lectures and brainstorming sessions on the evolving and uncertain security situations during the celebration, stressing the importance of preparedness for future challenges.

President Tinubu reiterated his administration’s commitment to building a well-equipped and professional army.

He announced several approved measures to enhance the Army’s combat efficiency, including the payment of Group Life Assurance for fallen soldiers and the procurement of attack helicopters and other combat enablers.

The President emphasized the need for innovation, proactivity, and collaboration among security agencies to tackle the evolving security landscape.

“I encourage you to continue to work closely with your sister services, other security agencies as well as your fellow countrymen and women,” he stated, expressing confidence in the Army’s ability to defend the nation’s territorial integrity.

The well-organized and excellent parade at the Army Day Celebration, according to President Tinubu, demonstrated the Nigerian Military’s readiness and justified the trust reposed in it.

The event was attended by top government officials and military dignitaries, including the Minister of State for Defence, Bello Muhammad Matawalle, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, and other high-ranking government functionaries.

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