Nigeria ‘ Establishing A Special Forces Brigade’ , Says Jonathan



President Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed that Nigeria “is establishing a Special Forces Brigade to meet the challenges of new threats in the environment”.He revealed this Saturday in his address on the occasion of the passing out Parade of Officer Cadets of the 61 Regular Course and Short Service Course 42 (Army) at the Nigerian Defence Academy ,Kaduna.
“In furtherance of our national security objectives, we are establishing a Special Forces Brigade to meet the challenges of new threats in the environment and thereby aligning our armed forces to greater citizen’s protection and national defence”,Jonathan said.
The president admonished the officer cadets to give total loyalty to the country .“In your career ahead, the nation demands 100% loyalty, discipline and absolute dedication to duty. The welfare and safety of the men that will be under your command must therefore be top priority. You must make it clear to all, that we will execute a policy of zero tolerance to indiscipline and corruption. The military we are building is one that must at all times serve our people and our Nation, and not the self .
The president who congratulated the cadet officers also expressed confidence that the quality training they received at the academy has prepared them for their career.“I have no doubt that the high quality training you have received here has equipped you sufficiently to contribute to the progress and development of the various services into which you will be commissioned. Let me emphasize that the nation demands of you, exemplary conduct and high professionalism wherever you are deployed.
He reminded that that these are critical times for the country that call for bold and brave men .“You are passing out at a critical moment for our country. Those of you who will be fortunate enough to be deployed to areas of national challenge have a unique opportunity to distinguish yourselves in your chosen career. A career in our armed forces is not the place for the heartless. Our men and women in uniform are bold and brave. They are our pride and our nation will continue to honour and appreciate those who stand strong in defence of our country.
“I need not remind you that the tomorrow’s Armed Forces of our Nation is on your shoulders. You must therefore eschew any behaviour that could tarnish your honour and dignity as commissioned officers. Your commitment and loyalty to the Nation and the Armed Forces must not only be unwavering, it must be outstandingly impeccable.
“ In the discharge of your duties, you must do so within the service code and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This administration is committed to due process, equity, merit and the rule of law, because they are the cardinal pillars of a democratic society. As members of our Armed Forces, your constitutional responsibilities are very broad but very clearly defined.
“ I urge you therefore to engage only in noble and rewarding actions that will enhance your professionalism and career prospects, as well as maintain and deepen the confidence that the Nigerian people repose in you”the president said.