The Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor has commended personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, AFN, for their outstanding performance in ensuring a safe and secure country throughout the past year 2021.
The CDS gave the commendation in the spirit of the new year celebration, saluted the men and women of the AFN for their loyalty, doggedness, endurance, courage, and gallantry in keeping the nation safe and secure.
General Irabor, said that AFN troops have displayed uncommon resilience and courage in the face of danger while surmounting the myriad of security threats.
A statement signed by the Acting Director Defence Information, Air Commodore WAP MAIGIDA quoted the Chief of Defence Staff as saying, in-retrospect, the end of 2021 afforded the AFN unique opportunity to remember the sacrifices of it’s men and women who have worked in extreme conditions in trenches, in fields and in far-flung places away from the comfort of their loved ones to keep Nigerians safe and secure.
The Defence Chief maintained that the AFN has continued to discharge its constitutional mandate of maintaining the territorial integrity of the nation, suppressing insurrection and acting in aid of civil authority to restore order when called upon to do so even in the light of violent, irregular, complex, and manifestations of contemporary as well as evolving national security challenges.
Gen Irabor expressed commitment of the Federal Government to providing the essential requirements of the AFN adding that President Muhammadu Buhari recently reiterated his unwavering commitment and support to the AFN.
While paying glowing tribute to the Nation’s fallen heroes including the late former Chief of Army Staff, General Ibrahim Attahiru, he urged the personnel to continue to cherish esprit de Corps in the discharge of their duties at all times.
According to him, the AFN will never forget their sacrifices in line with the spirit and letters of the national Anthem which is “the labours of our heroes’ past shall not be in vain”.