Insecurity: Armed forces more combat-ready than ever before, says defence minister



Bashir Magashi, minister of defence, says the armed forces are more equipped “than ever before” to tackle security challenges in the country.


He said this on Saturday in Kano during the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria Day, at the ongoing 43rd Kano international trade fair.


Speaking on the achievements of the current administration, he said President Muhammadu Buhari remains committed to supporting security agencies to succeed.


“The armed forces of Nigeria are today, more than ever before, combat-ready, more equipped, focused, committed, well-trained and motivated to tackle any adverse situation with great measure of success,” NAN quoted him as saying.


He also said the president has supported the defence ministry to re- equip, re-kit, re-focus, re-energise, and motivate every sector of the armed forces to ensure improved security.


According to him, the ministry has provided high level training for personnel based on partnership agreements with several countries, including UK, Germany, Greece, Russia, Pakistan, Turkey and Belarus.


He also spoke on collaborations among security agencies.

“There is now an improved inter-service operational synergy and collaboration in joint operational environment with other security agencies, which has denied adversaries of cohesive and coordinated attacks and freedom of action,” he said.


“Several positive strides have also been achieved at the ministry of defence this time around in the areas of defence production.


“The Defence Industries Corporation has today attained new, enviable levels of production capabilities by producing first indigenous combat vehicles and has established military and paramilitary clothing and accessories factory in partnership with other friendly countries.


“Today, members of our armed services are reasonably motivated. The result is there for all to see with terror merchants now being thoroughly dealt with as the President Buhari administration is resolved in restoring total peace and security to Nigeria.”

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