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Nigeria Is Committed To Tackling Security Challenges – Defence Minister

Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali

Kaduna (Nigeria) – Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, said the federal government remains focused in degrading the activities of Boko Haram in the North east, renewed militancy in the Niger Delta region and other security challenges confronting the country by building the capacity of its officers in all areas to enable them perform adequately to their statutory duties.

Dan-Ali stated this during the passing out parade and commissioning of Direct Short Service Course 25/2016 Cadets at Nigeria Air Force Base, Kaduna.

According to him, “We have remained focused as evidenced in the overall performance of the Armed Forces in it effort in tackling the enormous security challenges confronting our dear nation.

“As you are aware the armed forces of Nigeria has made tremendous efforts to stamp out terrorism and insurgency perpetrated by Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

“Equally, in recent times we have had to contend with other emerging challenges of cattle rustling, renewed militancy in the Niger Delta, kidnapping and other acts of criminality across the country.

“It is gratifying to state that the capacity of the insurgents to lunch coordinate massive attack has been sufficiently degraded through the coordinated effort of the Armed Forces and other security agencies,” he stressed.

The minister also charged personnel of the Nigerian Air Force against any act of corruption and indiscipline but be subjected to military and civil authority as well as protecting Nigeria’s democracy.

“Therefore as you pass out today, I urge all of you to be prepared to play your part in defending the territorial integrity of our great nation and protecting lives and property.

“You must avoid over zealousness and resist temptation to take law into your hand. You must also obey your superiors and remain absolutely loyal to the President and Commander -in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

A total of 105 graduated from Direct Short Service Course 25/2016 Cadets at NAF Base Kaduna.

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