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We did our best to save Nigeria from insecurity – Ex CDS, Olonisakin

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We did our best to save Nigeria from insecurity – Ex CDS, Olonisakin

Ariwodola Idowu

Former Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS) Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin said the nation’s defense architecture under him had done its best to stabilize the country and save it from insecurity .

Olonisakin spoke at a special thanksgiving service held in his honor at a redeemed Christian church in his hometown of Ode Ekiti, Gbonyin Local Government Area of ​​Ekiti State.

The former CDS said all security forces have worked hard to overcome the insecurity, saying the Nigerian military in particular, in partnership with other security formations, is working tirelessly to calm insecurity in Nigeria. .

According to him, the armed forces have identified 14 security challenges and developed strategies that closely border intelligence gathering and collaboration with other agencies to deal with these crises.

Olonisakin thanked God for the privilege of serving the nation at the highest military level.

“I also thank President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to lead the armed forces for 66 months and 13 days.

“We weathered the storm and found these essential babies.

“The system didn’t have these structures to do what we were faced with, so we had to find ad hoc arrangements like the platforms we created with the intelligence agencies,” he said.

He said he had put in place a series of measures as a CDS with the vision of ensuring that the country had well-equipped armed forces that would meet the national commitment.

“So I encouraged the officers under my command to add value wherever they were.

“And. We always think outside the box, because if you don’t, you risk not adding value and, more importantly, making the system the best it can be.

“That is why we were strategizing on a monthly basis to address the challenges we faced with security threats ranging from terrorism, insurgency to theft,” he said.

He said he described 14 of them and made sure that for each of them, the military had strategies to deal with them.

“We were also futuristic in our approach to addressing some of the strategies. This invasion of our forests by bandits that we are experiencing right now, I have seen it years ago.

“I did some kind of study and knew our next focus was going to be forests.

“We have changed the training, especially the use of special forces, to make sure we bring them in to solve the problem.

“We also created a synergy platform with intelligence agencies, because unbeknownst to the public at the time, there were a lot of synergies between security and intelligence agencies.

“We also made sure to encourage a lot of research and development in Army training.

“So we have done our best for this nation in terms of solving this pathetic insecurity issue, which I can say boldly,” he said.

He therefore advised his successor, Lieutenant-General Lucky Irabor and other security chiefs to be diligent, patriotic and build on the gains made by their predecessors, so that the country submits the crises of insecurity. persistent.

Speaking on his plans as Ambassador-designate, he thanked the President for having considered them worthy of Ambassador-designate.

“As ambassadors, we will represent the country well and project its image wherever we are,” he said. (NOPE)

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