Tinubu hails Army as most patriotic and selfless

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*Photo: Minister of Defence, H E. Mohammed Badaru Abubakar(6th right), Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Muhammad Matawalle(7th right) and others during the grand finale of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2024 at the Maxwell Khobe Cantonment Jos , Plateau State*

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu  has praised the Nigerian Army as one of the most patriotic and selfless elements of the nation, noting that its personnel have made immense sacrifices to ensure the country’s peace and security.

Mr. President who was represented by the Minister of Defence, H E. Mohammed Badaru Abubakar,  stated this during the grand finale of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2024 at the Maxwell Khobe Cantonment Jos , Plateau State.

Mr.  President commended the Army’s efforts in addressing the nation’s security challenges, stating that the institution has risen to the challenge to keep Nigeria safe.

“We live in a complex and ever-changing world and our Army must continue to evolve to meet the new challenges of the changing world. I was toId that you spent a part of the Army Day Celebration holding lectures and brainstorming sessions on the evolving complex and uncertain security situations. It is good and proper that you did that so that you can be better prepared for the evolving challenges,” he said.

The President reiterated his administration’s commitment to building a well-equipped and professional army, announcing approved measures to enhance the Army’s combat efficiency, including the payment of Group Life Assurance for fallen soldiers and the procurement of attack helicopters and combat enablers.

He emphasized the need for innovation, proactivity, and jointness among security agencies to address the evolving security landscape.

“I encourage you to continue to work closely with your sister services, other security agencies as well as your fellow countrymen and women. There is no doubt that you represent the pride of the nation; an institution with history;an institution that has never failed Nigeria,” he stated.

The President said he felt proud that judging from the well organized and excellent parade and the display  made at  the Army Day Celebration, he was fully convinced that the Nigerian Military had justified the trust reposed on it to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

The event was attended by top government officials and military dignitaries, including the Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Muhammad Matawalle, Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff and other top Government functionaries, according to a press statement by Henshaw Ogubike,
Director, Information and Public Relations, Ministry of Defence.

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