Our strategy is to frontally confront and defeat terrorism-Jonathan



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President Goodluck Jonathan has revealed that the kernel of his regime’s counter terrorism strategy is to frontally  confront and defeat  terrorism.He said this today in his remark at the  Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2012  Jaji-Kaduna.

Said Jonathan, “Only recently, I approved a National Counter Terrorism Strategy to give clear direction to our concerted efforts at frontally confronting and defeating the menace of terrorism in our country.”

He added that “A critical component of the Strategy is upscaled cooperation not only among our security agencies, but also greater cooperation with the international community.

I am pleased to note that the military has continued to interface with the Police in our determination to provide security and guarantee the safety of all Nigerians wherever they may reside in the country.

Earlier President Jonathan spoke in glowing terms  about the commendable records of Nigerian Army.Said he: I am pleased to join other compatriots to salute the Nigerian Army, which, over the course of our history, has distinguished itself as a courageous and dedicated force, totally committed to the defence of our unity and the preservation of our territorial integrity.

“I am glad that we are today celebrating an Army that has demonstrated unwavering loyalty in Nigeria’s recent political history, and has a clear understanding of its constitutional roles in peacetime and in the nation building process.

It is gratifying to note that the Nigerian Army not only supports and protects peace at home; it is remarkable that it has also been an effective instrument of promoting and sustaining peace beyond our borders. The outstanding work that our troops have done outside the shores of this country, particularly in the various UN and regional Peacekeeping Missions since independence, has earned the country a pride of place in the comity of nations.

Full address below:

Remarks by His Excellency, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR  At the  Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2012  Jaji-Kaduna, July 2, 2012

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I am glad to be here for the Nigerian Army Day Celebration 2012. I am pleased to join other compatriots to salute the Nigerian Army, which, over the course of our history, has distinguished itself as a courageous and dedicated force, totally committed to the defence of our unity and the preservation of our territorial integrity.

I am glad that we are today celebrating an Army that has demonstrated unwavering loyalty in Nigeria’s recent political history, and has a clear understanding of its constitutional roles in peacetime and in the nation building process.

It is gratifying to note that the Nigerian Army not only supports and protects peace at home; it is remarkable that it has also been an effective instrument of promoting and sustaining peace beyond our borders. The outstanding work that our troops have done outside the shores of this country, particularly in the various UN and regional Peacekeeping Missions since independence, has earned the country a pride of place in the comity of nations.

The theme of this year’s Army Day Celebration, Partnering the Civil Society Towards Improved Security, is most apt. Its selection is also indicative of the responsiveness of the Army to the real challenges that confront the nation and its readiness and willingness to be part of the process of successfully facing up to these challenges.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, our nation has experienced a number of security challenges, particularly over the past one year.  I would like to seize this opportunity to reaffirm our Administration’s resolute commitment to deploying all the resources at our disposal to ensure that this challenge is met head-on.

Our nation’s Armed Forces, including the Army, as well as the other security agencies are primed to ensure, in an integrated manner, that peace and security are restored in all the affected areas in the shortest possible time.

Only recently, I approved a National Counter Terrorism Strategy to give clear direction to our concerted efforts at frontally confronting and defeating the menace of terrorism in our country.

A critical component of the Strategy is upscaled cooperation not only among our security agencies, but also greater cooperation with the international community.

I am pleased to note that the military has continued to interface with the Police in our determination to provide security and guarantee the safety of all Nigerians wherever they may reside in the country.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the impressive displays which we have witnessed today testify to the high degree of professionalism and technical expertise that have come to characterize the Nigerian Army.

The equipment, the extraordinary display by the paratroopers, and the combat march all showcase the skill and mastery of military tactics by our troops.

It is my hope that the officers and men will keep up the spirit of professional excellence exemplified by these high standards, which are evidently the result of extensive training and enduring discipline. That is the only way that the Nigerian Army can continue to be an abiding source of pride to all Nigerians.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, competing demands on the nation’s resources call for great prudence and creative innovation in the management of available resources.

In this regard, I am particularly impressed with the use of direct labour by the Army in many of the projects it has undertaken. Apart from saving cost, this initiative also enhances the professional competence of your personnel.  I urge you to continue in this manner and even evolve more innovative strategies that will enhance your contribution to national infrastructural development, which is a cardinal element of our Transformation Agenda.

I wish to assure you of Government’s continued support, within available resources, to enable the military grow into an even more formidable force with all the capabilities that will allow it efficiently and effectively carry out its responsibilities.

In conclusion, I would like to use the occasion of the Nigerian Army Day 2012 to commend the Chief of Army Staff and all the Officers and Men of the Nigerian Army, while challenging them to steadfastly epitomize, at all times, their time-honoured ideals of unquestioned loyalty, honour, valour, and faith in a strong, secure, united, stable and prosperous Nigeria.

I wish you all very happy celebrations!

May God continue to bless Nigeria. Thank you.

 

 


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