Federal Government says the security challenges confronting the country cannot be effectively tackled in a hurry.
Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), stated this at the Nigerian Naval College, Onne, Rivers State on Saturday during the passing out parade and commissioning ceremony of 108 Naval cadets of the Direct Short Service 27.
Magashi, who was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, praised the Nigerian Navy for spearheading the fight against piracy, militancy and crude oil theft in the Niger Delta region.
He added that the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent civil unrest in the country has further exposed the delicate nature of human security.
The minister said, “I am most delighted to be in your midst this morning as the reviewing officer of this passing out parrade in honour of 108 Naval cadets of the Direct Short Service Course 27.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest has further demonstrated the frailty and multiplexity nature of human security, apparently, there are no quick fixes to effectively combat security challenges bedeviling our dear nation.”
Magashi assured of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the fight against internal and external aggression.
He said, “It is, therefore, germane to appreciate the untiring support of Mr. President, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Mohammadu Buhari, as he continues to demonstrate resolve and full support for the Nigerian armed forces through the resourcing of operational requirements and personnel welfare.
“It is against this background, that His Excellency recently approved the increase in the manpower intake of the armed forces to comprehensively tackle the multifaceted security threats across the nation.”