The Minister of Defence Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), has charged the Service Chiefs and heads of other security agencies “to raise the bar of patriotic service to the nation”.
He, however, emphasized that security is the collective responsibility of all Nigerians.
The Defence Minister who spoke during the occasion to mark his one year in office restated his commitment to building “a robust Defence Sector that will usher in sustainable peace and security in the country”.
He reiterated his loyalty to the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Muhammadu Buhari and his commitment to rendering selfless service to the nation.
According to a statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadir, “General Magashi was emphatic in his resolve to continue to sustain the momentum of what he called the irrevocable task of building a robust Defence Sector that will usher in sustainable peace and security in the country.
“He paid glowing obeisance to the President Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, Muhammadu Buhari and thanked him for the opportunity given to him to serve the nation as Minister of Defence. He considers his task as work in progress in the delivery of his mandate in the years ahead.”
It added that “attesting to the unabated support of Mr President for the Armed Forces to enable them end insurgency and banditry in the country. He expressed optimism that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“He enjoined the Service Chiefs and heads of other security agencies to continue to raise the bar of patriotic service to the nation, emphasing that security is a collective responsibility of all Nigerians.
“He thanked Members of the Nigerian Armed Forces and stakeholders in the national security callings for being parts of the success story of his 365 days in office.”