President Goodluck Jonathan has challenged newly promoted two-star generals of the Armed Forces to exploit the opportunity of their promotion to stem terrorism and insecurity in the country.
The Minister of State for Defence, Mrs. Olusola Obada, who represented the President, made the comment while decorating the 55 newly promoted Majors General, Vice Admirals and Rear Admirals.
The new two-star generals comprised 22 majors-general, 19 rear admirals and 14 air vice marshals.
The President said that with the determination of Nigerians to wipe out the scourge and the continuing support from the international community, the nation’s security challenges would soon be over.
“In concluding, let me assure all Nigerians and the international community, particularly foreign investors, that our security challenges are under control. With our firm determination and your continuing support and partnership, terrorism and other security challenges will soon be a thing of the past,” he said
Jonathan said the objective of his administration to transform all sectors of the Nigerian economy would not be fully actualised in an atmosphere of insecurity.
“At this stage of your careers, you must devote your ideas and talents to the peace, security and socio-economic development of our country.
“I would like to remind you that our administration’s transformation agenda, which is aimed at revitalising all sectors of the economy for enhance growth and development, is on course.
“We are, however, concerned that without adequate security, its full impact would not be felt in all parts of the country,” he added.
The President also charged the Armed Forces to foster effective inter-agency cooperation among all the nation’s security agencies for better security coordination.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, on Friday gave an insight into the twin bomb blasts that rocked the AFCSC on November 25, 2012.
He said that six Muslims lost their lives in the blasts.
Badeh, who spoke at the decoration of newly promoted generals on Friday, said the terrorists throwing bombs in the country would not discriminate according to religion or ethnicity.