Abuja - The Minister of State for
Defence, Col. Augustine Akobundu (rtd), on Thursday in Abuja pledged to do his
best to ensure that success recorded by the military against insurgents is
Akobundu made the pledge while assuming office at the Ministry of Defence.
He promised to add value to positive things happening in the ministry and
support the leadership of the ministry to build on successes, especially in the
area of security.
“We are all expected to do our best and I want to congratulate you all for your
efforts in making sure that the President’s efforts in getting the entire north
east cleared of insurgents are achieved.
“Let me state clearly that we have professional armed forces, though initially
they were faced with some challenges we are happy that they have made
tremendous progress in recent times,” he said.
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The minister said the war against insurgency required holistic approach and
“So, I give credit to the President who took a diagnostic and holistic approach
to know what the issues were; what the deficiencies were and what the solutions
“And as you can see the operations are gaining momentum because they have the
necessary training and armament to deal with that and the morale of the troops
is very high.
“We have very competent Service Chiefs who are driving the operations. There is
determination and political will to make sure that the country is cleared of
the menace”, the minister said.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Ismaila Aliyu, while
welcoming Akobundu said the ministry was happy to have one of them back.
“One thing I can assure you is that the time you will spend in this ministry
you get the from us in terms of the quality of work, sincerity and punctuality.
“We believe in result in this ministry because the ministry is very peculiar
amongst all ministries and we believe in the achievement of set targets.
It is reported that Akobundu enlisted into the
Nigerian Defence Academy as a member of Course 22 and was commissioned into the
Nigerian Army Signal Corp.
He held different command and staff appointment and was also an Aide Camp to
former governor of Bauchi Maj-.Gen Chris Garuba. He retired in 2000.