President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday vowed continued support to the Armed Forces to end the myriad of security challenges plaguing the nation, including terrorism and militancy.
Represented by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali at the commissioning of the multi-purpose Nigerian Army Resource Centre in Abuja, Buhari commended the efforts of the Nigerian armed forces in containing the security challenges, emphasizing that security remained top on his administration’s agenda.
He, however, urged the security agencies to sustain the tempo in the ongoing campaigns against contemporary threats across the country.
“I want to emphatically state that one of the top priorities of this administration is the enhancement of the Armed Forces to discharge their duties.
“We will continue to provide the much needed support to the Armed Forces of Nigeria to deliver efficient services and to effectively discharge their duties.
“I commend the commitment and zeal of the present leadership of the Armed Forces in tackling security issues across the country.
“I also appreciate the successes of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the counter-insurgency operation in the North East and urge you to sustain the tempo,” he said.
Buhari said the activities of the security agencies in the country would be further enhanced to actualize the objective of the present administration in making Nigeria a safe haven for investment.
Earlier, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the vision behind the establishment of the resource centre was anchored on the need to optimize the capability of the Army.
He noted that contemporary security challenges in the country and around its borders had stretched the Armed Forces close to its limits, hence the need for new ideas and interaction that will lead to improved performance.
According to the Army chief, the need to optimize the capability of the Army to meet emerging security challenges cannot be overemphasized.
“The Nigerian Army Resource Centre is a vision that is anchored on the need to ensure that the Army does not only participate in the ground battle but in all types of terrain to ensure that our adversaries are defeated wherever they are.
“As you are aware, Nigeria faces sundry security challenges but our main focus has been in counter-insurgency operations in the North East.
“The Nigerian Army has been involved in operations to check militancy, pipeline vandalism, armed robbery, cattle rustling and inter-ethnic clashes, among others.
“These myriad of security challenges have stretched us close to our limits,” he said.
He, however, assured Nigerians of the Army’s readiness in conjunction with sister agencies to rid the country of criminal elements operating in the guise of militants, terrorists and others.