Tinubu Vows to Strengthen Nigerian Army to Combat Insecurity

President Bola Tinubu has reiterated his administration’s dedication to building a well-equipped and professional Nigerian Army, emphasizing the need to prevent violent groups from overpowering peaceful citizens.
He made this statement on Saturday during the grand finale of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) at the 3 Division Nigerian Army Rukuba, in Bassa local government area of Plateau State.
Tinubu acknowledged the crucial role the Nigerian Army has played in safeguarding the nation from the colonial era to the present, contributing significantly to Nigeria’s security and development. “We have sacrificed our lives for the peace and unity of our nation,” he remarked, highlighting the increasing security challenges of the past decade and commending the army’s efforts across all states.
Represented by Defence Minister Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Tinubu announced the approval of group life assurance payments for fallen soldiers and the acquisition of new attack helicopters and other essential equipment. “We are dedicated to providing you with everything needed to fulfill your constitutional responsibilities,” he assured.
The President expressed pride in the army’s equipment and commitment, urging the troops to maintain their professional conduct in operations against violent groups. He also encouraged collaboration with other security agencies and the public to achieve national security goals.
Earlier, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja emphasized the importance of community support and collaboration with the military. “Our experience in ongoing operations nationwide highlights the need for a whole-of-society approach to security efforts,” Lagbaja said. He outlined the army’s recent activities, including public speaking engagements, a literary competition, free medical services, and the commissioning of quick impact projects in host communities.
Lagbaja assured that the army remains focused on eliminating threats to national security and pledged continued adherence to professionalism and ethical conduct.
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