Armed forces will defend Nigeria’s sanctity —CDS

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, has reiterated the commitment and determination of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to protect the sanctity of the nation, despite the challenges it was facing.

Olonisakin stated this on Tuesday when the Senate Committee on Defence visited the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on oversight assignment.

He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his effort in providing resources to the military to carry out its constitutional responsibilities.

He said: “Let me seize this opportunity to express our profound appreciation to the President, Commander in Chief of Armed Forces for his relentless efforts in ensuring that we are provided the wherewithal to carry out our constitutional roles, despite the dwindling national resources.”

The CDS also acknowledged and thanked the committee for assisting in ensuring that what was due to the Armed Forces was released without delay.

“These have to some extent motivated us and enhanced our capacities. We are therefore more committed and resolute in carrying out our assigned tasks.”

The CDS further informed the committee that the DHQ successfully implemented the 2015 Budget in line with the Policy thrust of due process, accountability and transparency.

The Committee Chairman, Senator Ahmad Lawan disclosed that the purpose of the visit is to review the implementation of the capital projects of the DHQ and expressed their readiness to support the Armed Forces to achieve its aim and ensure better empowerment.

“It is the committee’s desire that all projects started in 2016 are completed and if need be for snowballing into 2017 appropriation, it will be considered,” Senator Lawan added.