The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor has warned the Nigerian Military to prepare to face more challenges in 2022 than they faced in 2021.
The Military Chief told the armed forces that they won’t be relenting until all terrorists, insurgents, and other criminals threatening the peace of the country are totally eliminated.
Naija News reports that Irabor gave the charge on Thursday in Abuja during his speech at the decoration of the newly promoted Air Force and Naval officers.
He explained that the federal government is committed to the war against insurgency and the military will be further rejigged to be able to combat the criminals.
He, therefore, charged the armed forces to expect more challenges in the new year as they discharge their duty of protecting the nation’s territorial integrity.
Irabor reminded the military men that their loyalty is to the constitution and the Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces.
In his words, “You need to escalate your level of commitment, your level of efficiency and effectiveness because if 2021 is challenging, I like to assure you that 2022 will be more challenging and that is the reason I like to call on you to please brace up because you must at all cost take away every form of insecurity in our land.
“Looking at your pedigree, and the report that was received during the Council meeting, I know you will live up to this challenge.
“I have no doubt in my mind that all of you that have been decorated up to the two-star rank, you have all that it takes to deliver on the goals that have been demanded of you.
“Let me equally add that the Commander-in-Chief in the light of the various support he has given to us and the assurances he has given to us, more importantly issues that pertain to our welfare and the administration of men and women of the Armed Forces, much is required of us. I like to urge you to please, ensure that our loyalty to Mr. President and the Constitution of the Federal Republic remain rock solid, let it not be that for whatever reason that our loyalty should not be doubted. It has never been in doubt and I know, it shall not be in doubt”.
Gen. Irabor added that President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied with the current commitment and activities of the armed forces but demands more be done next year.
In his words, “No one needs any clarification or awareness as to the challenges that we face in our country and we not only all need to shy away from the fact that the Armed Forces of Nigeria has done very well within the limits of the resources that are available to deal with the issues that demand the attention of the Armed Forces.
“I believe that you all know that the nation is happy with the efforts of the Armed Forces because of the enormous contributions you have made to ensure that there is peace and security in our land. Today, I make bold to say, especially for the Northeast and most parts of our country, this is the quietest December we have had in the last couple of years, and all thanks to you men and women of the Armed Forces and of course our supporting agencies for this worthy contribution that you have made.
“I like to also inform you that the Commander-in-Chief is happy with you and he demands more from you as we enter the new year”.
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