By Aluta News
Dec. 31, 2021
The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, has called on the newly promoted military officers to mentor and encourage their upcoming colleagues to imbibe positive attitude and commitment to work.
Magashi made the call on Thursday in Abuja during the decoration of the newly promoted senior officers from the rank of Colonel to Brigadier General and Brigadier General to Major General.
He said the mentoring and encouragement was the major way the senior officers could give back to the system that had invested so much on them.
The minister said promotion to the rank of Brigadier General and Major General was the dream of many officers in the armed forces.
According to him, this elevation is in recognition of the hard work and sacrifices you have made individually and collectively to the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Let me remind the celebrants that as they celebrate, they should also, bear in mind the huge responsibilities the promotion places on them.
“This is because, as generals, a lot of resources have been invested in you to get to this level.
“Therefore, the Nigerian Army and indeed the entire nation rely on the wealth of knowledge, character and professionalism you have gathered over the years to foster a more secured country,” he said.
The minister called for the support, sacrifice and steadfastness of the senior officers to tackle the security challenges bedevilling the country.
“You must all come together to develop an enduring solution that will completely bring these challenges to an end.
“You must bear in mind that the business of soldiering is not an individual task but a collective responsibility.
“I, therefore, enjoin you to continue to give your maximum support to the Chief of Army Staff and other constituted authorities to facilitate the attainment of the national security objectives,” he added.
The minister reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to provide the Armed Forces with the required resources to discharge its responsibilities.
According to him, this is evident in the procurement of several armoured vehicles, artillery guns, ships and aircrafts as well as other platforms to facilitate the conduct of military operations.
He called on the senior officers to complement the efforts of the Federal Government to comprehensively defeat all enemies of the state and restore normalcy in the country.
Lt.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff congratulated the newly promoted officers, adding that promotion was a privilege to officers.
According to him, you are privileged to be promoted on one side and on the other side much is expected from you, especially in the areas of loyalty, dedication and commitment to service.