The Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, has reassured Nigerians of the military’s commitment to the growth of democracy in the country and loyalty to the president and constitution.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that Irabor gave the assurance at the regimental dinner organised in honour of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday night in Abuja, as part of the activities lined up for the May 29 inauguration ceremony.
He added that the military, in collaboration with other security agencies in the country, would stop at nothing to ensure the country was adequately secured as part of its effort to contribute to the development of national democracy.
He stated, “Our determination to uphold democratic growth is rock solid. I assure you that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies will consolidate all the successes recorded so far, especially on the ongoing counter-insurgency and anti-banditry operations across the country.
“We shall continuously and tirelessly strive to secure all that constitute Nigeria’s wealth as our contribution to national development.”
Irabor thanked “the president for gracing this occasion,” adding that, “Your coming has boosted our morale.
He therefore stated, “Consequently, I hereby reaffirm our loyalty to the president and the constitution of Nigeria as this administration rounds off.”
Among the dignitaries at the event are Africa’s richest businessman and chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, ministers, past service chiefs, heads of security and intelligence agencies, other government functionaries, and some governors.