Nigerian leader commends armed forces for protecting democracy

21:46, June 02, 2010      

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has commended the role the armed forces had played in protecting the country's democratic process.

Jonathan made the commendation on Tuesday in Abuja at a Dinner and Award Night organized by the Nigerian Navy to mark its 54th anniversary.

The president who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, said members of the armed forces have been veritable partners in the proper grounding of the country's democratic process.

"The critical role of the Nigerian Navy in securing a safe maritime environment is especially vital to our economic well being," he said.

"It is against this background that the patriotism and the sacrifice of the gallant men and women of the Nigerian Navy are most appreciated," he added.

"I am aware that the force has made remarkable progress in capacity building in the area of facilities expansion and new acquisitions as well as human and material development with a view to significantly improving efficiency," the President said.

Jonathan used the occasion to salute the commitment, dedication, gallantry and patriotism displayed by the armed forces.

According to him, they have made great sacrifices in curtailing internal conflicts while their contributions to regional and global peace and security have been acclaimed by the international community.

"On our part, we remain committed to providing the enabling environment for the repositioning of our armed forces to optimally meet the constitutional responsibilities, especially in view of emerging security challenges in today's world," he said.

Jonathan said the annual event provides a platform for enduring reunion and renewal of comradeship between serving and retired officers to further pave way for the growth and development of the Navy.

He said it is for effective and efficient discharge of their constitutional responsibilities of protecting the nation's territorial integrity and maintenance of internal security as well as effectiveness that he commended the Chief of Naval Staff and his entire staff.

Source: Xinhua


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