President Muhammadu Buhari has bemoaned the rising insecurity rocking the nation, saying that the challenges have evolved and assumed other dimensions in some areas.
Naija News reports that Buhari stated this when speaking at the passing out parade of 68 Regular Courses of the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, in Kaduna on Thursday.
He instructed service chiefs to replicate the successes recorded in the fight against terrorism in the northeast in other parts of the country.
“I want to seize this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians that, although we have recorded successes in the conflict inherited, especially in the North-East, the security challenges in the country have evolved and assumed other dimensions in some areas,” he said.
He also declared that no group of terrorists could threaten Nigeria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, calling on all Nigerians to continue to support the Armed Forces and security agencies in the fight against criminality in the country.
The President said his administration had invested heavily in infrastructure, with the rail, roads, seaports, airports, and power sector revitalised through strategic rehabilitation and reconstruction.
According to Buhari, “Our tasks as the guardians of the nation are to prepare for the evolving and complex security situations and make sure that no terrorists can threaten Nigeria’s sovereign integrity.
“In this regard, I have instructed the service chiefs to replicate the successes in the North East in other parts of the country, and I call on all Nigerians to continue to support our Armed Forces and security agencies.
“I came here today (yesterday), bearing the burden of a nation that counts on your valour, and to celebrate your willingness to offer yourself to serve your beloved country.
“This honour to serve as the reviewing officer of the passing out parade of 69 Regular Course of the Nigerian Defence Academy would be my last as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“What sets this academy apart is not just the primacy of discipline, but its first class training curricula designed to transform young cadets into professionals with extraordinary skill-set and knowledge to prevent, confront and neutralise the contemporary and emerging threats facing our country and West African sub-region.
“I am aware that you are perhaps the most highly-trained course since the establishment of this Academy in 1964, having completed our most methodical corporeal and academic training in line with the new capacity-building philosophy of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“You emerge in an era of expanding global security threats, and in the past seven years, we have set aside high-tech platforms and prioritised your needs to facilitate your training and commissioning.”