Minister of Defence, Mohammed Abubakar, and the Minister of State Defense, Dr. Bello Matawalle, have vowed to end the insecurity ravaging the country in the shortest possible time, urging the service chiefs to give them a timeline and requirements.
The Ministers, who assumed office at the Ship House, Abuja, on Tuesday, promised remarkable changes in the nation’s security architecture within one year.
While assuring that they’ll do their best and collaborate with the Amed Forces, the Minister of Defense urged the Service Chiefs to map out a definite time to phase out terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, farmer-herder conflict, oil theft, secessionist agitation, cultism, and other violent crimes.
Noting that they owe it a duty to President Bola Tinubu and would not want to betray his trust, he added: “This timeline and target will be passed on to the President, and we trust he will be monitoring us. The President is ready to give us the needed support to achieve success because he is an achiever and does not have the patience for failure.
“We know that without security, there will be no investment, and without investment, there will be no economic growth.”
Meanwhile, Matawalle stated that the Armed Forces of Nigeria had demonstrated exceptional commitment over time, assuring that there would be the provision of cutting-edge technology and expertise that would enhance our defense capabilities.
He said: “New threats emerge while existing ones persist. Terrorism, banditry, insurgency, cyber warfare, transnational organized crime, and communal conflicts pose significant challenges to our national security.
“The task ahead is not an easy one. However, I am confident that with the support of my colleagues, the dedication of our armed forces, and the unwavering commitment of every Nigerian, we will overcome any challenge that comes our way.”
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