“I want to assure you that the war on terrorism and insurgency will be won. There shall be peace in Nigeria again.”
Bashir Salihi Magashi
Minister of Defence Bashir Salihi Magashi
Every part of the country will soon experience peace in spite of the security challenges facing the country, Defence Minister Bashir Magashi has assured.
Mr Magashi, a retired major general, stated this on Wednesday in Makurdi while declaring open the Nigerian Air Force Celebration 2021 seminar as part of the low key activities lined up for NAF @57 2021 celebration.
He said that the current leadership of the Armed Forces had put in place modalities that would soon end the ongoing acts of terrorism and insurgency in the country.
Represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, the minister said that the Nigerian Armed Forces had discharged their duties and responsibilities creditably and were undoubtedly among the best in Africa.
“I want to assure you that the war on terrorism and insurgency will be won. There shall be peace in Nigeria again. Every part of the country will experience and enjoy peace,’’ he said.
The minister enjoined the military to ensure that all lingering challenges are neutralised.
“Therefore, I enjoin you all to do your utmost to ensure that we emerge from the present challenges threatening our corporate unity.
“I know that we have an Armed Force that has an inherent capacity to protect our interests, deter conflict and reassure our people and allies,” he said.
The minister commended the Armed Forces for their unending loyalty and commitment to defending the country’s Constitution, ensuring peace and unity among the citizenry.
“I must also commend members of the Armed Forces for their loyalty and commitment to defending the nation’s Constitution, curtailing the spate of internal uprising and keeping the peace in the country.
“We must not leave any stone unturned while ensuring that our collective resolve, as a people, to live in peace and harmony is not compromised.
Magashi said that Nigerians must continue to have fate in those that have sacrificed time, energy, and sometimes their families for the peace of the nation.
“Therefore, as a nation, we must continue to keep faith with those of you that have sacrificed time, energy, and sometimes your families to ensure that our dear country attains its goals.
“Let me remind all of you that there is nothing greater than selfless service, especially in our commitment to one another and indeed to the service of our great nation,” he said.
He said that NAF would continually justify its establishment by complementing the roles of other services, thereby becoming a key player in the air power equation in the West African sub-region.
Mr Magashi also commended the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, for overseeing a low key NAF @ 57 celebration in line with the Federal Government directives as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his continuous moral and financial support for the Armed Forces for effective operations.