President Jonathan Decorates Newly Appointed Service Chiefs, Charges Them to Rise to Nigeria’s Security Challenges
President Goodluck Jonathan at the state house in Abuja today decorated the newly appointment Chief of Defence Staff and other Service Chiefs appointed five days ago. Below is the speech of the President during the decoration.
These worthy officers together with the Chief of Army Staff who retained his appointment, have been appointed in recognition of their notable attributes of patriotism, excellence, loyalty, dedication, courage and unwavering faith in Nigeria. For each of them these ideals have marked their individual distinguished careers in the Nigerian Armed Forces. These fine officers and gentle men are taking up command at a time when our nation is faced with serious challenges.
Giving their inspiring antecedent however and working in synergy with other security services, I am confident that they will bring fresh impetus into the new security architecture to combat the menace of terrorism in all it’s ramifications, across the length and breadth of Nigeria. May I further reiterate that the security of life and properties in all parts of this country is a sacred obligation which our administration will do everything in its power to live up to.
We cannot allow threat to National Security to compromise our National transformation effort. While we remain repositioning Nigeria for sustained growth and development, we shall proactively prosecute the fight against terrorism with total commitment and effectively check the activities of all criminal elements in our dear land. In this regard we will step initiatives aimed at strengthening and repositioning our security agencies for greater efficiency to discharge their constitutional responsibilities.
We must place on record our gratitude to the gallant men and women of our armed services for their total commitment in defense of our unity, the preservation of our territorial integrity and the entrenchment of stability and security in our nation.
I will like to pause and pay special attribute to members of our armed forces and security services who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of our nation.
While praying for the repose of our fallen heroes, we assure those they left behind that we shall do everything necessary to mitigate the pain of their losses.
I assure you all of this administration’s commitment to provide you all the necessary support in ensuring the optimal operational readiness of our armed forces. While placing the highest premium possible on the welfare and well being of our men and women in uniform, they have demonstrated unalloyed respect for the institution and structures of democratic governance, in remaining steadfast and dedicated to their constitutional obligations.
Nigeria owes a huge debt of gratitude to Air Marshal Petirin who goes out today as Chief of Defence Staff and the outgoing Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Umar, they have served our father land meritoriously with steadfast patriotism, unwavering gallantry and consummate dedication. They have both eloquently optimised the motor of the Nigerian Airforce, Willing Able and Ready.
On behalf of a grateful nation I wish them Almighty God’s abiding guidance and provision in their future endeavours.
In the same vein I congratulate the new Chiefs on their appointments. In my capacity as your Commander in Chief I assure you that you have held your appointment on the basis of your commitment to professional excellence, diligence and faith in a strong, stable and prosperous Nigeria. As you bring these worthy attributes to bear in charge of your onerous duties, you can assure of my full support at all times.
I will like to use this forum to specially charge you to rise to the many security challenges confronting our nation today. More specifically the Chief of Naval Staff along with his officers and men has the honorary responsibility of up scaling security in our territorial waters. The unacceptable rising incidences of crude theft must be tackled frontally. Even the direct adverse implication of the activities of crude oil theft on our national economy I expect the Chief of Naval Staff and other serving Chiefs to immediately go to work to urgently bring the issue if crude oil theft to an end.
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