Tinubu Vows To Crush Terrorism, Poverty In Nigeria
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu today restated his administration's commitment to eliminating poverty, terrorism and all forms of criminality in Nigeria.
Already, the Nigerian leader who is also Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said the administration is currently implementing programmes and policies that would empower Nigerians to combat the challenges of poverty, criminality and terrorism.
President Tinubu, who was represented by his deputy, Vice President Kashim Shettima, gave the hint during the passing-out parade of Cadets of the 70 Regular Course, Direct Short Service Course 27 (Army) and Direct Short Service Course 31 (Air Force) of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna.
Reading the President's address titled, "The Heroes of Nigeria's Path to Prosperity and Security," at the passing-out parade, VP Shettima said, government is regularly reminded of the consequences of economic and social disintegration in the country, a reason they favour cooperation and the formation of bilateral and multilateral alliances to create opportunities for the people.
As part of moves to deal decisively with the criminal elements, President Tinubu noted that his government has embarked on a new era in the country's national defence and security strategy.
This, he said, would be driven by a resolute commitment to confront the substantial threats and challenges that confront us within the West African sub-region.
The President noted, however, that in tackling poverty inflicted on Nigerians by activities of the terror groups, he would treat every region equally and give them a sense of belonging in his government.
The president further said he was proud of the devotion and dignity with which the NDA and its alumni have safeguarded Nigeria, noting that the passing-out parade was not just a ceremony to honour the transition of the graduants to a more active phase of duty to their fatherland.
According to him, the ceremony "stands as a symbol of our enduring commitment to the ideals of patriotism and investment in our human capital.
Addressing the graduating Cadets, he pointed out that like those before them, they were "stepping into a world fraught with threats, a world that demands unique skill-sets to conquer the adversaries of the state.
The President further asked the authorities of the NDA to access the support it requires to invest in scientific research and technological innovations, as well as develop prototypes and concepts that align with local content policies of the Federal Government.
Welcoming the young cadets as they join the ranks of the nation's patriotic heroes, President Tinubu congratulated the Commandant and the entire NDA community for upholding their noble tradition.
Earlier, the Commandant, Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Maj.-Gen. John O. Ochai, expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for his unwavering commitment and support to the academy towards the realisation of the noble dreams of its founding fathers.
He applauded the personnel and staff of the academy for their unwavering efforts in discharging their duties, as well as the graduating cadets for their tireless efforts throughout their training.
The commandant reminded the graduating cadets that the training they have undergone in the academy would enable them to take leadership responsibilities and positions as military officers of Nigeria.
The event witnessed parades, march past, presentation of prizes to best graduating Cadets, conferment of commission, presentation of parchment of commission as well as administering of the oath of allegiance.
The passing-out parade was well attended by eminent dignitaries, including Senate President, Sen. Godswill Akpabio; Senate Chief Whip, Sen. Ali Ndume; Governors Uba Sani of Kaduna State and Kefas Agbu of Taraba State; Deputy Governor of Borno State, Umar Kadafur; Minister of Defence, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru, and Minister of State for Defence, Alhaji Bello Matawalle.