Commander-in-Chief orders military to stand up for President-elect.
Tony Ailemen, Abuja
President GoodLuck Jonathan has charged the Nigerian military to support the incoming administration and even be more committed to protecting lives and properties of Nigerians. The President gave the charge yesterday at the inauguration of a radio station owned by the Nigerian Army in Abuja.
He stated that as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he is very proud of the achievements of the security agencies, especially in the fight against insurgency and urged them to extend similar strength of character and doggedness under the incoming administration. “As President and Commander- in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I am very proud of you all and grateful to your constituency for your loyal service to our nation.
“As this administration draws to a close, I charge you all to extend your loyalty and support you have given me to the incoming administration and even be more committed in protecting the lives and properties of Nigeria,” he said. While acknowledging the resilience and doggedness of the armed forces in the face of daunting security challenges in the country, he praised the security men for the successes they have recorded so far.
“While it is a fact that previous neglect of the military in terms of hardware acquisition and relevant training have compounded the security infrastructure and affected the precision of military response to these challenges, however recent purchases and support have reasonably changed the tide.“These have indeed reversed the trend allowing for effective governance peace and security in areas hitherto held by terrorists and other misguided elements,” he said.The President used the opportunity to pray for the souls of the soldiers who lost their lives serving their fatherland, even as he assured that their sacrifice would not be in vain.