Irabor provided security at the closing of the 2022 Defense Attachés and Advisers Conference organized by the Intelligence Agency (DIA) on Friday in Abuja.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the conference, which began on Monday, was themed “Sustaining Nigeria’s Defense and Security: Role of the Defense Attaché System.”
He also reiterated the military’s commitment to work with other security agencies and constituted authorities to ensure the safety of lives and property of all citizens.
Irabor pledged to support the civil authorities to ensure a safe and secure environment for the 2023 general elections.
He urged the officers and men of the armed forces to bear in mind that democracy is essential for Nigeria if the nation is to aspire to further development and progress.
According to him, this, translated into the security environment, implies that their loyalty to the constituted authorities must be pure.
“Therefore, I urge you to respect the rule of law and remain loyal to the constituted authorities and avoid partisan politics and acts that are detrimental to the interest of the nation.
“As I speak to you, I would also like to take this opportunity to extend this directive to the rest of the armed forces, who must remain loyal to the constituted authorities and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“And let them also know that in the upcoming elections there are high expectations from Nigerians and also higher expectations from the rest of the world,” Irabor said.
He assured that the Armed Forces will do their part as required, not only as it is provided, but also to the extent that the INEC wants them to provide support in that regard.
“I have always emphasized that we remain ready to provide support to the police, who are in fact the lead agency in providing security, so we are prepared to provide further support and continue to play our role in that regard.
“For operations in the various theaters, we will also maintain the state of alert and aggressive posture that we have continued to display to ensure that the lives of citizens and of course the property of all Nigerians are protected,” he said.
The CDS also urged defense attachés to use their positions in the various countries of assignment to correct the incorrect security narratives given to embassies in Nigeria.
He said that the conference generated very useful discussions and resolutions, as well as a review of the operational activities of the defense sector during the current year, with a view to projecting for 2023.
The CDS also expressed confidence that the attachés were better positioned to contribute more effectively to the efficient performance of its different sections around the world.
Irabor assured them that the government would do everything possible within available resources to improve the challenges faced by the defense sections, to enable them to carry out their assigned responsibilities and tasks with the minimum of obstacles.
However, he urged them to guarantee the prudent and judicious use of the resources assigned to them for the achievement of the established goals and objectives.
Previously, the Chief of Defense Intelligence (CDI), Maj.-Gen. Samuel Adebayo said that the critical resolutions reached and captured in the conference communiqué will be sent to the appropriate places for implementation to enhance national security.
Adebayo said the outcome of the conference attested to the relevance of the Defense Advisors/Attachments system in advancing Nigeria’s national defense and security objectives.
He promised that the agency would continue to leverage the defense attaché system in support of ongoing military engagements, especially in the contemporary security context.
According to him, the conference highlighted the need for synergy and collaboration between intelligence and security agencies, as well as ministries, departments and agencies, to ensure that no effort is spared in dealing with threats to Nigeria’s corporate existence as a nation.
“Therefore, I believe this year’s conference will be a milestone in our efforts to refocus on the challenges of redesigning the Defense Attaché system to advance our national security interests through effective collaboration.
“In this context, I believe that all of you have learned new and better ways to carry out the assigned tasks to improve our national security.
“Without sounding trite, it would be necessary for me to emphasize that you must strive to use your vantage points to make valuable contributions to the Federal Government‘s efforts to protect our beloved nation.
“This would go a long way toward justifying the enormous investment by the Federal Government in the operations of the Defense Sections,” he added.
The CDI thanked all the interested parties for their support for the successful realization of the conference.
He also thanked President Mohammadu Buhari, the Ministry of Defense, the Office of the National Security Advisor and the Defense and Services Headquarters for their assistance.
Edited /Buhari Bolaji
Source Credit: NAN
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