By Hammed Shittu
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, has said the current security challenges facing the country will soon be a thing of the past.
Ibrahim, who stated this in Ilorin, at the weekend, after a special prayer organised in his honour by the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, at the Emir’s palace, Ilorin, noted that the development and growth of any nation were dependent on peace.
According to him, “with peace in the country, the armed forces would devote their energies and expertise to other professionals challenges.”
Ibrahim urged Nigerians to give President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigerian Armed Forces maximum support to tackle the security challenges confronting the country.
He said: “The armed forces need the support of the people to enhance their smooth operations.”
He added that the Nigerian armed forces are blessed with experts and professionals, who have served in various capacities and contributed immensely to ensure peace in the sub-region.
He thanked the president for the confidence reposed in him and other service chiefs by appointing them into offices, appreciating the Emir of Ilorin and the entire Kwarans for honouring him.
During the prayer session, the Emir urged the Chief of Defence Staff not to rest on his oars in entrenching peace in the country.
He said the prayer was a tradition for all sons and daughters of the emirate that have excelled in their chosen careers, adding that the people were solidly behind him.
Presiding over the prayers, the Chief Imam of Ilorin the Alhaji Muhammad Bashir, said prayer was a tonic that sustains mankind, praying Allah to guide and guard the CDS aright in the discharge of his duties.
He also prayed God to grant peace and harmony to the nation.
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