Boko Haram Took Us By Surprise – Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan Friday admitted that the current insecurity in the country especially the intensity of the Boko Haram crisis in the North East caught the government and the security agencies unaware.
The President also admitted that issues of ethnicity and religious intolerance poses one of the greatest danger to the survival of the corporate existence of the nation especially if left unchecked.
The President who spoke through his vice! Mohammed Namadi Sambo at the graduation ceremony of the Senior Course 36 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna state however assured that the government will continue to equip the armed forces to ensure that, the activities of the insurgents are brought to a permanent end.
President Jonathan said: “Nigeria is faced with contemporary security challenges that were not envisaged some decades ago, as exemplified by the various terrorists attacks currently being experienced in some parts of our country”.
He told the officers who are of the rank of Major and ifs equivalent in the Airforce and the Navy that as members of the armed forces, they have a crucial role to play in ensuring that the lives and property of the citizenry are protected from all forms international and external threats.
According to him: “We must remember that, the greatest danger to our collective security as a people and a nation lies in the issue of ethnicity and religious intolerance.
“These twin evil, if not checked are capable of threatening our corporate existence as one sovereign and indivisible nation. You must therefore discourage such sentiments and encourage our men to view themselves as comrades in the pursuit of a common destiny.
“Furthermore, you must continue to anticipate and reflect on the noble idea of the membership of the armed forces; you would be judged by your roles and actions of your men. Therefore, the military must remain apolitical and neutral in performing her constitutional roles”.
Commandant AFCSC, Air Vice Marshal John Chris Ifemeje said, the 147 gut adjusting officers include 12 allied officers from 11 sister African countries went through 48 weeks of intensive training in the college.
He charged them to take along with them as they return to their various services, everything they have learnt from the college, which he said will go a long wY to assist them in the assigned areas of operations.
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