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Defence Minister tasks personnel on professionalism

Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi(rtd), has charged personnel of the Armed Forces to continue to exhibit professionalism for effective service delivery.

The Minister gave the charge at the passing out parade of cadets of direct short service course 26(Army) and direct regular course 30(Airforce), held at the Nigerian Defence Academy-NDA Kaduna.

Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), who was the reviewing officer, said the event marks a milestone in the lives of the newly commissioned officers as it comes with great responsibility.

He pointed out that the officers are graduating into a difficult world with expanding global security threats, with the potential for violent conflict, hence the need for them to learn fast and adapt quickly to the ever-changing operational environment.

He maintained that they would be required to make tough decisions in the face of enemies.

He tasked the officers to justify the confidence the nation has reposed on them by always doing what is right, even when it is not convenient.

Major General Bashir Magashi(rtd) commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his unflinching commitment towards improving national security and ensuring sustainable development.

He also commended the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for intensifying the tempo of operations, which have resulted in the significant operational gains witnessed in recent times.

General Magashi attributed the successes recorded to the synergy among the three services of the Armed Forces as evidenced by the combined passing out parade.

A total of 337 officers graduated after undergoing 6 and 9 months trainings respectively.

Reporting by Usman Sani; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade & Adeniyi Bakare