- The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has charged officers of the Nigerian Air Force to show commitment to service
- Osinbajo said that should look beyond wearing uniforms to ensuring the sovereignty of the country
- The vice president also told the newly commissioned officers that they should be ready for a busy future ahead of them in confronting the nation's security challenges
At the commissioning of 187 officers of Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday, July 10, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo warned the officers that they must look past wearing uniform to defending Nigeria with their lives.
The vice president said the main aim of the military is to defend the territorial integrity of the country which is far more important.
Osinbajo said this at the passing out parade of the Direct Short Service Course 28 of 2019 which was held at the Nigerian Air Force Base in Kaduna. He, however, said that the country is still grappling with the terrorism in the northeast and other challenges like kidnapping and banditry.
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The vice president said because of those many challenges, the officers have a busy future ahead of them as they would have to face all that as part of their responsibilities.
He said: "As you already know, this profession you have chosen requires absolute discipline, loyalty and hard work. It is much more than just securing a job, or earning a salary; and more than just getting the chance to wear a coveted uniform or wield coveted weapons.
"This is the ultimate form of civic service to defend the territorial integrity of your country and to put your life on the line for the safety and welfare of millions of your countrymen and women. There is no nobler occupation than this one you have chosen.
“You are passing out at a time when our nation is grappling with an insurgency in the Northeast, and the challenges of kidnapping and armed banditry in other parts of the country.
“You will, therefore, have come to terms with the fact that the days and weeks and months ahead of you will be extremely busy, as you fulfil your responsibilities to the military and the nation."
He also told them that how they project their strength and confidence to the enemies is very important as the arms and ammunition they carry.
“As 21st-century military officers, how you project your strength and confidence to your enemies and the world, especially using social and digital media tools, is as important as the sophistication of the conventional arms and ammunition that you wield.
“But to do so effectively also means that you must take the time and trouble to fully understand the nature of the threats that confront us, the narratives and philosophies that underlie those threats,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Osinbajo on Monday, July 8, urged Nigerians to have strong belief in the unity of the country and live peacefully with one another.
Osinbajo made the call in Lagos while speaking at a book launch to celebrate the 80th birthday of a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba.
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