The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin has saluted the courage and commitment of officers and men of the armed forces of Nigeria in ensuring the indivisibility of the country noting that they have performed creditably in spite of numerous challenges.
The CDS also hailed Nigeria Military’s role in the restoration of democratic rule in the Gambia in 2017 which elicited international commendation.
In his New Year felicitation message which he personally signed, General Olonisakin said, “It is with great pleasure that I felicitate with all officers and soldiers/ratings/airmen and airwomen of the Armed Forces of Nigeria on the ushering in of the New Year 2018.
“In 2017, we all were engaged in various operational commitments across the country.
“Undoubtedly, we have performed creditably, in spite of the numerous challenges.
“On the international scene, the Armed Forces of Nigeria, in addition to our involvements in various international peacekeeping efforts, played a significant role in restoring democracy to the Gambia.
“The accolades from both Nigerians and the international community in 2017 would not have been possible without the loyalty, gallantry and dedication of all officers, men and women of the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“I therefore use this opportunity to appreciate the efforts of all personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria for these noble achievements.
“Our responsibility for the nation’s security and sovereignty is a continuum.
“Therefore, I charge you to re-dedicate yourself to the performance of your duties in line with our constitutional mandate and oath of allegiance.
“I also urge you to remain loyal and appreciative of the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, who is unwavering in his commitment to improving the capacity of the Armed Forces as well as the welfare of its officers, men and women.
“I felicitate with our officers, men and women across the country and other parts of the world, who could not be home to celebrate the season with their families due to their deployments in various operations.
“Our prayers are with you and members of your families.
We thank you for your service to the Nation as we continue to pray for the repose of the souls of those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the course of their duties.
“As we march forward in the New Year 2018, I urge you to redouble your efforts in ensuring that Nigeria remains one strong, safe, secure and indivisible nation.
“I wish you a prosperous Year 2018.”
Chief of Defence Staff, Abuja.