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Nigeria will enjoy peace again, says defence minister

Nigeria will enjoy peace again, says defence minister
May 19
23:19 2021

Bashir Magashi, minister of defence, says insecurity will be defeated and Nigeria will enjoy peace.

The minister, who was represented by Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, said this at a seminar to mark the 57th anniversary of the the Nigerian Air Force in Makurdi, Benue state capital.

There has been a series of attacks across the country, leading to killings, kidnappings, and razing of government buildings.

But while addressing military personnel at the event, the minister said the armed forces has put in place plans that will end insecurity.

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“I want to assure you that the war on terrorism and insurgency will be won. There shall be peace in Nigeria again. Every part of the country will experience and enjoy peace,’’ he said.

“It is a well-known fact that the military is a critical part of the security architecture required to ensure stability that engenders holistic national development.

“Therefore, I enjoin you all to do your utmost to ensure that we emerge from the present challenges threatening our corporate unity.

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“I know that we have an armed forces that has an inherent capacity to protect our interests, deter conflict and reassure our people and allies. You must, therefore, remain undoubting in your commitment to duty, while leveraging the cohesion for which the military is reputed for.”

The minister commended the military for its loyalty and commitment to defending the country, and charged stakeholders to be more dedicated and vigilant, taking due cognisance of the adverse impact of security challenges on national development and economic growth.

“Your statutory tasks and innovative contributions in your different spheres of responsibility will remain central to our envisioned strong world-class military and our nation’s future,” he said.

Magashi added that Nigerians must continue to have faith in those that have sacrificed time, energy, and sometimes their families for the peace of the nation.

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