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Security, The Most Difficult Challenge in My Administration – Buhari 

Security, The Most Difficult Challenge in My Administration – Buhari 

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By ALEX UANGBAOJE

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Kaduna said, security remains the most difficult challenge in his Administration’s “Change” programme. 

According to him, the objective of fighting terrorism cannot be realized without a credible and effective military.

‎”The president made the remarks while addressing officers, troops and newly commissioned cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) during the Passing Out Parade of the 62 Regular Course and Short Service Course 43 of the Nigerian Army.

‎‎”The nation demands of you exemplary conduct and professionalism wherever you are deployed, be it locally on internal security operation missions or internationally in Peace Support Operation missions around the world. 

‎”You must therefore be prepared to play your roles as junior leaders in tackling the prevailing security challenges with guidance and supervision from your superiors who are discharging their duties with diligence.

On your shoulders therefore lies the mechanism to drive the junior leadership in our Armed Forces.  The Armed Forces of Nigeria have a world-acclaimed reputation for valour, resilience and loyal service. Buhari told the cedets.

He reaffirmed his administration’s total commitment to the rule of law and warned that proven acts of human rights violation by the Armed Forces will be punished under his leadership. 

President Buhari reminded them that the rule of law applied to the Armed Forces as much as any other institution in the country.

“I wish to remind you of the Federal Government’s commitment to overhaul the rules of engagement and improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human rights violations by the armed forces.

“We are committed to a thorough investigation of recent and any future occurrences of human rights violations by elements of our Armed Forces.

“While I applaud the integrity and sterling record of the Armed Forces as an institution, this administration will insist on the rule of law, and deal with any proven cases of deviation from laws of armed conflict, including human rights abuses.

“In operational conduct Nigerians expect our Armed Forces to keep law and order, and not to behave like bullies.

“Let me reiterate this administration’s commitment to due process, merit and total observance of the rule of law as central pillars of a prosperous and democratic society. 

“Rule of law as an element of good governance applies to the Armed Forces as much as any institution in our country. It is therefore gratifying that all three Services have recently taken steps to emphasize strict adherence to rules in recruitment, promotions, procurement, project executions and civil-military relations,”. He said.

The NDA graduated 399 cadets this year which includes 20 female cadets and 2 foreign nationals from Togo. 

The president charged them to avoid any behavior that will tarnish their honour and dignity as commissioned officers.  Saying “your commitment and loyalty to the Armed Forces and the Nation must be total.  You must strive to live up to the demand and expectations required of you.

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