The Presidency, yesterday, faulted a report on safety challenges within the nation, revealed within the January 31, 2022 version of Monetary Occasions of London Newspaper, saying banditry has been caged to the extent that no territory within the nation was below terrorists management.
In one other breath, the Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), mentioned on the weekend that the federal authorities was dedicated to offering extra platforms for the army to maintain the tempo of operations to be able to comprise insurgency, banditry and different safety challenges throughout the nation.
Nonetheless, in a letter to the Editor, Monetary Occasions, by presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency expressed its concern over the improper perceptions contained within the article: “What’s Nigeria’s Authorities For,” authored by David Piling.
In keeping with the one-page letter, the pre3sidency said: “The caricature of a authorities sleepwalking into catastrophe (What’s Nigeria’s authorities for? January 31, 2022 ) is predictable from a correspondent, who jets briefly out and in of Nigeria on the identical British Airways flight he so criticises.
“He highlights rising banditry in my nation as proof of such slumber.
‘What he leaves out are the safety beneficial properties remodeled two presidential phrases. The fear organisation Boko Haram used to manage an space the dimensions of Belgium at inauguration; now, they management no territory.
“The primary complete plan to take care of decades-old clashes between nomadic herders and sedentary farmers – skilled throughout the width of the Sahel – has been launched: pilot ranches are lowering the competitors for water and land that drove previous tensions.
“Banditry grew out of such clashes. Prison gangs took benefit of the instability, flush with weapons that flooded the area following the Western-triggered implosion of Libya. The state of affairs is grave. But as with different challenges, it’s one which the federal government will face down.”
In the meantime, Magashi, talking on the finish of the 2021 West African Social Actions (WASA) of the Military Headquarters Garrison, in Abuja, mentioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s steady help for the armed forces added impetus to the continuing efforts by the Nigerian armed forces within the battle in opposition to insurgency.
“It’s primarily based on the help of the federal authorities that the ministry had continued to attempt relentlessly to maintain the companies by offering numerous grades of kit and ammunition. We will proceed to make efforts to make sure that extra platforms are prescribed to maintain the tempo of operations.
“I want to state that you will need to imbibe good upkeep tradition in order to make this tools available, when wanted for operations. It’s worthy to say that coaching is the very best welfare that may be given to officers and troopers and I’m very appreciative of the efforts of the Chief of Military Employees for making certain that each one the coaching workouts for the yr 2021, have been efficiently carried out,” he mentioned.
The minister mentioned the conduct of the coaching for the army had confirmed to be result-oriented, including that a number of personnel, who have been skilled and deployed for operations had carried out creditably nicely.
He reassured the Nigerian military that the ministry would proceed to accord the welfare of officers and troopers and their household a precedence.
Magashi additionally recommended the officers and troopers for his or her sacrifices in direction of making certain enduring peace within the nation, including that 2021 was an eventful yr characterised by challenges, sober moments and information of successes.
He recalled the gallant efficiency and sacrifices of the Nigerian military personnel in counterterrorism, counter insurgency and different operations throughout the nation.
In his remarks, the Commander, Military Headquarters Garrison, Maj. Gen. Sanusi Dahiru, mentioned WASA was an everlasting custom of the Nigerian military, throughout which officers, troopers and their households come collectively to socialize in a relaxed temper.
Dahiru mentioned the occasion additionally served as a automobile to boost esprit de corps and the spirit of brotherliness inside a command and avenue to understand personnel for his or her particular person and collective contributions in direction of the success of the command.
He mentioned the command diligently offered operational, administrative and logistic help to the military headquarters departments, formations and models, in addition to efficiently executing all coaching actions.
He appreciated the chief of military employees for exemplary management, passionate and selfless dedication to the welfare of personnel, assuring them that the garrison would do its greatest to maintain the tempo of achievements in 2022.
“I want to state that the personnel of the command are poised to hold out the actions with renewed vigor and dedication by way of professionalism, responsiveness and dedication within the discharge of the constitutional duties,” he mentioned.
The occasion featured cultural show by completely different ethnic teams and a tug of battle, which featured the feminine members of the Nationwide Youths Service Corps (NYSC) serving within the garrison. Supply: ThisDay