The Federal Government has promised to continue to support the military with adequate logistics and equipment in the fight against insurgency and banditry in the country.
The government also reiterated its resolve to defeat Boko Haram terrorists and ensure that peace returns to the North and other parts of the country.
The Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.), made the promise at the Independence Dinner for members of the Armed Forces, organised by the Defence Headquarters on Saturday in Abuja.
Magashi added that President Muhammadu Buhari would continue to ensure that the welfare and well-being of soldiers were adequately taken care of.
The minister, however, appreciated the military for the effort in tackling all the criminals disturbing the peace in the country.
“I must assure you that your sacrifices to our dear nation are well noted by the federal government. Your interest remains uppermost in his heart and will continue to ensure that you are provided with the necessary tools to efficiently execute assigned tasks.
“The Ministry of Defence will sustain its support through the provision of adequate logistics and equipment that would assist you in restoring peace to our dear nation,” he said.
The minister, however, urged the military to always maintain the highest level of professionalism in the discharge of their constitutional mandate of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation.
“I will like to appreciate the commendable role played by the Armed Forces in the preservation and security of our fatherland from Independence to date. The spectacular achievements of the security agencies in the fight against terrorism, insurgency, militancy and banditry, amongst others, are well recognised and appreciated.
“While defending our country against all forms of threats, you are sometimes exposed to daunting challenges. Many have paid the supreme price in the line of duty while some others survive with varying degrees of injuries and incapacitation,” he said.