Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday, July 11 implored military officers and men to be ready always to defend Nigeria with their lives.
Osinbajo made this assertion during the passing out parade of the Direct Short Service Course 28 of 2019 comprising 187 new officers, held at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Kaduna.
He described military career, which is to defend the territorial integrity of the country, as the most civic service.
According to him, beyond earning a salary and getting a chance to wear a coveted uniform, the military should put their lives on the line for the safety and welfare of Nigerians.
He, however, told the new military officers that Nigeria was still grappling with the insurgency in the North-east, and kidnapping and banditry in other parts of the country.
The vice president said given the security challenges confronting the nation, the new officers would soon be busy by fulfilling their responsibilities to the military and the country.
He said: “As you already know, this profession you have chosen requires absolute discipline, loyalty and hard work.
“It is much more than just securing a job, or earning a salary; and more than just getting the chance to wear a coveted uniform or wield coveted weapons.
“This is the ultimate form of civic service to defend the territorial integrity of your country and to put your life on the line for the safety and welfare of millions of your countrymen and women.
“There is no nobler occupation than this one you have chosen.
“You are passing out at a time when our nation is grappling with an insurgency in the North-east and the challenges of kidnapping and banditry in other parts of the country.
“You will, therefore, have come to terms with the fact that the days and weeks and months ahead of you will be extremely busy, as you fulfil your responsibilities to the military and the nation.”
Osinbajo told the officers that President Muhammadu Buhari, in collaboration with governors, has been reviewing the security architecture of the country.
This involves not just the armed forces but also the police, who have recently announced their community policing strategy.
He said: “This initiative involves the recruitment and training of policemen in each local government and ensuring that such new policemen remain in their local governments working with local and traditional authorities to maintain peace and security.
“As the President has said, security is a 24-hour occupation involving continuous investments in strategy and innovation.
“We will continue to take all necessary measures to tackle all forms of criminality across the country and to safeguard lives and property of all Nigerians.”
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