President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the 23 freed passengers of the March 28, 2022 Abuja-Kaduna train attack at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), hospital in Kaduna.
The President made an impromptu visit to the hospital to see the victims of the train attack after commissioning Cadets of 69 Regular Course of the NDA, in Afaka, Kaduna State.
The President thanked the Nigerian military for their brave services in securing the safe release of the hostages from Boko Haram terrorists.
Members of the Chief of Defence Staff Action Committee, led by Major General Usman Abdulkadir (retd) who facilitated the release of the train victims, accompanied the President.
President Buhari urges armed forces to be resilient
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the armed forces to maintain their resilience in protecting the nation’s citizens, assets and unity.
The President gave the advice in Kaduna, after reviewing a parade, mounted by graduating cadets of Regular Course 69 of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).
The President, who arrived the parade ground in a cheerful and energetic mood, told the graduands that the sole aim of perpetrators of insecurity was to destroy the progress so far achieved in promoting the fortunes of the country.
He said as the election year drew closer, he was committed to ensuring that the forthcoming elections were peaceful and transparent, emphasising that it is the collective responsibility of Nigerians to continue to work towards building a united and prosperous country.
He told the cadets to demonstrate with valour the virtues upon which the NDA was founded, stressing that he trusts they will do so with uncompromising dignity and honour.
The Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic said the cadets were required to replicate the social cohesion they experienced during their time at the Academy, and be the unifying and incorruptible models of those they had been trained to protect and bound by esprit de corps and love for their fatherland.
President Buhari reminded the cadets that they were coming out at a time global security threats were expanding, and urged them to prepare to make sacrifices to protect the integrity, unity, and sovereignty of Nigeria.
Efforts of the Buhari administration to tackle insecurity
President Buhari says since his administration came on board in 2015, it inherited a country at crossroads, with bombings with frightening frequency, but that the administration had to confront and manage the crises.
He noted that the administration has since coming on board, procured over 550 naval platforms, out of which 319 have been delivered, as a part of the aggressive fleet recapitalisation of the Nigerian Navy.
The president also said the administration had also increased the number of Nigerian Air Force platforms by more than 38%, and enhanced the serviceability rate of aircraft in the NAF inventory by over 70%.
In pursuing the same objective, the Nigerian Army had taken delivery of over 2000 units of various Armoured Fighting Vehicles, guns, and equipment, he disclosed.
President Buhari said those were in addition to improved funding of security and intelligence agencies, saying that although successes had been recorded in the conflicts inherited from previous administrations, the security challenges in the country had assumed other dimensions in some areas.
In tackling them, the President explained that the government had adopted military and non-military methods, and even rolled out an amnesty programme to rehabilitate repentant terrorists who surrendered and laid down their arms unconditionally.
Among the 237 graduating cadets, comprising Army, Navy and Air officers, some received awards for outstanding performance in training and education.
Reporting by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Muzha Kucha