President Buhari has reiterated his commitment to addressing the escalating insecurity plaguing the nation and has pledged to create a new Nigeria devoid of insecurity before the end of his administration. Speaking at the launch of the 700 Ashok Leyland troop-carrying vehicles made locally in Abuja on Friday, the President praised the military’s contributions to maintaining peace and stability and assured them that their hard work would not go unrewarded.
“As a country, we are proud since the first seven years, we have been able to revitalize our armed forces for the protection of Nigeria’s territorial integrity that was once violated by Boko Haram insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country," Buhari said. “I commend the armed forces for their support and role played during the presidential and National Assembly elections. I want to assure you all that your labor will not be in vain. My regime would continue to support you in every aspect, including improving your welfare."
The President added, “Let me also assure Nigerians, the Federal Government remains steadfast and committed to winning the war against insurgency and other forms of criminalities. We will not relent until we have a new Nigeria that is free from the terrorism menace.”
Major General Bashir Magashi (retd.), the Minister of Defence, acknowledged that the effort to modernize the armed forces has been difficult due to the security and economic obstacles faced by the country. "It is worthy of note that the process of transforming the Armed Forces of Nigeria over the years has not been easy given the numerous multi-dimensional security and economic challenges facing the country. Notwithstanding, the current administration has security as a priority in its agenda, hence the need to equip the Armed Forces with all necessary platforms to ensure peace and security in the country," Magashi said.
“At this juncture, permit me to state that the complexity of crimes in various spheres of operation requires all actors, both public and private, to synergize efforts to safeguard the nation from every form of anti-establishment activities. It is, therefore, most pleasant to take delivery of these troops-carrying vehicles, especially at this period, to facilitate the operational activities of the Armed Forces,” the Minister added.