Defence ministry pledges support for Nigerian Navy in provision of security
• Gambo assures nation’s maritime protection
Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Retd), has expressed the ministry’s readiness to support the Navy in the area of security surveillance.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Nigeria Navy Games, which held at the Nigerian Navy Barracks, Ojo on Tuesday, Magashi acknowledged the tremendous support and contributions of the Navy towards securing the nation’s maritime domain for the benefit and economic prosperity of the country.
He commended the military agency for their significant roles in maintaining internal security within the nation.
General Magashi assured that the 2023 general elections would be free of security hiccups as other military establishments would be supported by the Defence Ministry to provide protection for all citizens.
He said:” The Nigerian Navy has continued to play a significant role in internal security operations with the support of sister agencies towards addressing current insecurity in various parts of the country.
“The task of providing security both within the maritime domain and on land is, without doubt, a big task to all Naval operations.
“I commend the chief of Naval Staff Gambo for the feat achieved so far, and also assure that the Nigerian Navy and the ministry will sustain efforts to support the Navy at every level, especially as the country prepares for general elections .
“ The Federal government and by extension the Defence Ministry will leave no one in doubt on the resolve to make Nigeria safe and secure for all citizens.”
Also, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, said with the support of President Buhari, the Nigeria Navy has resolved to ensure a safe and secure maritime environment for social and economic activities to thrive in Nigeria.
“I thank President Buhari for his support to the Nigerian Navy. The Nigeria Navy is indebted to the chief of Defence staff and Service Chiefs for their individual and collective support to the Nigerian Navy,” he said