We’re upgrading military to become a force of global reckoning – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said the repositioning of the military, through training, networking and equipping, will turn it into a force of global reckoning, while urging officers to keep giving their best to the nation.

Speaking at the commissioning of a Nationwide Secure Defence Headquarters Communications Network, GIWA 2 Project, Phase One, President Buhari assured that the government will sustain its role in meeting the demands of the Armed Forces by evolving necessary initiatives to enhance their position.

“As the Armed Forces of Nigeria continue to reposition to provide the enabling environment for enhancing the security and well-being of the citizens, I implore all our troops to give their best in the service of the nation,’’ he said.

The President said the GIWA 2 Project would provide real-time secure means of communication and incident reporting, as well as information exchange between the Armed Forces and other security agencies.

“It also stands to enhance collaboration between our Defence, Intelligence and Security Community while providing the platform for the denial of freedom of action to all perpetrators of insecurity across Nigeria,’’ he said.

The President said the project initiative was in alignment with some of the main focus areas of the federal government in security, economic progress and technological development.

“These benefits of the GIWA 2 Project informed the timely support of the Federal Government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria, to ensure that the Centre is commissioned as one of the proud landmarks and enduring achievements of the Armed Forces of Nigeria under this Administration,” he said.

The President directed the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to collaborate and support the Defence Headquarters in the project, which could impact on Rural Telephony.

“To this end, the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy is to support the Defence Headquarters in ensuring that the infrastructure available for Rural Telephony are fully deployed for the attainment of GIWA 2 Project deliverables. The Federal Government shall support the full actualisation of the other phases of GIWA 2 Project,’’ he said.

The President extolled the Armed Forces for their patriotism, loyalty, sense of duty and gallantry.

In his welcome address, Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Lucky Irabor stated that the commissioning of the GIWA 2 Project was the culmination of President Buhari’s directives in 2021 that the Defence Headquarters must ensure that farmers displaced by insurgency went back to their farms, noting that the project would ensure a secure communication for the military in carrying out its responsibilities.

General Irabor extolled the President’s sterling leadership that had enabled the Nigerian Armed Forces to accomplish so much in the nation’s fight against insurgency and other criminalities across the country.