President Goodluck Jonathan has said his administration will put whatever it takes into the fight against terrorism until it wins.
Speaking at the passing out parade of Cadet Assistant Superintendents of Police Course 25/2012 and Cadet Inspectors of Police Course 40/2012 at the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, Jonathan noted that his administration cannot afford not to win against terrorism.
“For us as a government, the challenge of terrorism remains a battle that we cannot afford not to win.
“It has therefore become extremely imperative that all efforts and resources be deployed towards the achievement of that primary constitutional mandate, the provision of security of lives and property of our people,” Jonathan, who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo, said.
He said the task of maintaining the internal security of the country squarely rested on the police.
“As the lead agency in internal security, the police must be effectively positioned to deliver on its mandate, and training and development are vital to achieving this.
“This is why this parade of the passing out of this 677 police officers of the ranks of Assistant Superintendents and Inspectors of Police is not only gratifying but auspicious,
“Government is committed to ensuring continued improvement on the quality, capacity, and numerical strength of the human resource available to the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies. It is in pursuit of this objective that recently informed the recruitment of 9, 000 soldiers into the Nigerian Army,” he said.
While commending the leadership of the police on its efforts at repositioning the force to meet up with challenges of modern crime fighting and policing, Jonathan said, “the task of protecting lives and property is a sacred mandate, and we are very committed to this cause.
“I call on you to apply yourselves diligently to your job and imbibe the ethics of your profession from your colleagues in the field. If you keep to the straight path, I have no doubt that your future would be bright, and the sky would be your limit,” the president said.
Speaking earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, had observed that in the history of the Nigeria Police, it had never had it so good like at present under the Jonathan administration.
He said Jonathan had approved the upgrading of the institution to a degree-awarding one, with the initial set admitted in 2013.
Other speakers at the occasion, who included the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (rtd), Chairman, Police Service Commission, Sir Mike Okiro, Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Paulinus Nwagwu, and his House of Representatives counterpart, Hon. Usman Bello Kumo, all charged the officers to ensure professionalism in their conduct.
ASP Ogoliegbune Ifeoma Joy emerged the best overall ASP, while Inspector Ilariogun Augustine Femi bagged the overall cadet inspector award. Their awards were presented to the by the Vice President Nnamadi Samo.