In a bid to address the escalating insecurity plaguing the nation, President Bola Tinubu has issued a directive to the Nigerian Armed Forces to ramp up their efforts in combating terrorists and kidnappers. Speaking at an event marking the Diamond Jubilee of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Afaka, Kaduna State, Tinubu emphasized the urgency of bolstering the fight against insecurity, which he noted has hindered the nation’s peace and progress.
Highlighting the recent surge in terrorist attacks and kidnapping incidents, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Tinubu underscored the imperative for decisive action. While acknowledging the military’s efforts in securing relative peace across major flashpoints, he urged servicemen and women to remain vigilant, emphasizing that the battle against insecurity is far from over until every inch of Nigerian territory is reclaimed.
In a statement signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu reiterated the government’s commitment to supporting the armed forces and ensuring their well-being. He warned against actions detrimental to national interests, urging servicemen to uphold their constitutional mandate of safeguarding Nigeria’s territorial integrity while shunning any conduct that could undermine democracy.
Tinubu lauded the sacrifices of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the face of daunting challenges and assured continued governmental support to meet their needs. He also commended the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) for its contributions to military training and education, citing its robust curriculum and strides in research and innovation.
Describing the NDA as a beacon of academic excellence, Tinubu urged its academic staff to transform the institution into a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, fostering the development of groundbreaking ideas and initiatives.
The President’s remarks come amidst celebrations marking the 60-year anniversary of the Nigerian Defence Academy, a pivotal institution in the training of officers for the Nigerian Armed Forces. Established in 1964, the NDA has evolved significantly, transitioning into a full-fledged degree-awarding university in 1985, reflecting its commitment to academic excellence and military training.