President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted the gallant men and women of the military and other security agencies for recording “tremendous progress’’ in the ongoing battles against insurgents and bandits across the country.
Buhari stated this in a nationwide broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary, on Friday, October 1, in Abuja.
He attributed the successes being recorded by the security agencies to the acquisition of sophisticated weapons by the government.
The president said already, thousands of Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East zone had surrendered.
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“In the last four months, the gallant men and women of the military and security agencies; have made tremendous progress in addressing these new security challenges.
“We are taking the fight to our enemies from all angles and we are winning.
“Earlier this year, I launched the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure; the Deep Blue Project, which is designed to secure Nigerian waters up to the Gulf of Guinea.
“I am happy to inform Nigerians that we have taken delivery of key assets for this project; and very soon, its impact will be felt.
“In the North East region alone, over eight thousand Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered.”
Buhari revealed that the Nigerian Armed Forces had recruited over 17,000 personnel; across all ranks to support the fight against bandits as well as insurgents.
He said that approval was also given to the Nigeria Police Force; to recruit 10,000 personnel annually over the next six years.
“I am also pleased to note that most of the Air Force platforms we acquired; over the past three years have started to arrive in Nigeria.
“These will positively impact our security operations in all parts of the country,’’ he said.
Buhari also disclosed that the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority is raising a 200 million dollars fund; for the initiative that would complement the Central Bank of Nigeria’s ongoing N85 billion Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme.
According to him, this is to support local researchers in the development of vaccines and drugs; to combat communicable as well as non-communicable diseases, including COVID-19.