The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), urged Nigerians to trust members of the armed forces in tackling insecurity in the country to restore lasting peace.
He also said, under his watch, the military would maintain its operational drive to degrade terrorists and their activities, especially in the troubled north.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the president spoke in Lagos during the inauguration of the 12th Nigerian Navy Games, Lagos 2022, as well as its new Sports Complex.
The President was said to have called on citizens to “believe in the capability of the armed forces to safeguard and bring long-lasting peace and stability to the country.”
He also assured Nigerians that “the armed forces would continue to sustain their operational tempo to contain the security challenges in the country.”
While inaugurating the newly constructed Nigerian Navy Sports Complex, he commended the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, for investing in sports development.
He said, “Over the years, sports have remained a tool to strengthen the ties between troops, instilling discipline and readiness to serve a common cause in the military. I am sure that these games will create a forum for the Nigerian Navy to achieve these objectives and more.
“The construction of this sports complex has provided a standard venue for the Nigerian Navy to host major games as well as an appropriate venue for naval personnel within Lagos to use for training and other recreational purposes.
“I am therefore confident that besides the conduct of the games, the Nigerian Navy and its personnel will continue to make good use of the facilities in this complex.”
Buhari also re-emphasized the importance of synergy between the armed forces, other security agencies and the general population for peace and security.