Irabor reiterates commitment to sustaining alertness, aggressive posture in operations
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, has assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria will sustain alertness and aggressive posture in all ongoing operations across the country.
Irabor gave the assurance at the closing of the Defence Advisers and Attachés’ Conference 2022 organised by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) on Friday in Abuja.
It was gathered that the conference, which commenced on Monday, had the theme, “Sustaining Nigeria’s Defence and Security: Role of the Defence Attaché System”.
The CDS also reiterated the commitment of the military to working with other security agencies and constituted authorities to ensure the security of the lives and properties of all citizens.
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Irabor pledged to support the civil authorities in ensuring a safe and secure environment for the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
He urged officers and men of the armed forces to bear in mind that democracy is essential for Nigeria if the nation must aspire for development and greater progress.
According to him, this, when translated into the security environment, entails that their loyalty to constituted authorities must be unalloyed.
He assured that the Armed Forces would play its part as demanded, not just as provided by the constitution but equally as INEC might want them to give support in that regard.
The CDS also urged the defence attachés to use their positions in the various countries of assignment to correct the wrong security narratives being given by the foreign embassies in Nigeria.
Irabor said the conference had engendered deliberations and produced very useful resolutions, as well as a review of the defence sector’s operational activities during the present year to project for 2023.
He also expressed confidence that the attachés were better poised to contribute more effectively to the efficient performance of their different sections across the world.
Irabor assured them that the government would do all within available resources to ameliorate challenges that were facing the defence sections, to enable them to perform their assigned responsibilities and tasks with minimum hindrance.
He, however, urged them to ensure the prudent and judicious utilisation of resources allocated to them towards the attainment of set goals and objectives.
Earlier, the Chief of Defence Intelligence (CDI), Maj.-Gen. Samuel Adebayo said the critical resolutions reached and captured in the conference communiqué would be forwarded to the appropriate quarters for implementation towards enhancing national security.
Adebayo said the outcome of the conference attested to the relevance of the Defence Advisers/Attachés system in advancing Nigeria’s national security and defence objectives.
He promised that the agency would continue to leverage the defence attaché system in support of ongoing engagements of the armed forces, especially in the contemporary security context.