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Failure not an option under my administration — Tinubu to Service Chiefs

Failure not an option under my administration — Tinubu to

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has stated that there will be no failure under his administration while asking security chiefs to ensure that there is a conclusive victory against the myriad of security threats facing the country.

Tinubu made the remarks while speaking to security chiefs and heads of intelligence agencies at a Presidential Security Briefing at the State House in Abuja on Friday.

While good progress was being made in eliminating some security risks across multiple theatres, President Tinubu stated that success would ultimately be judged by a final finish to the multi-dimensional danger.

He claimed that a $1 trillion economic ambition in the next years would be jeopardised unless the progressive attack against opponents of progress was ultimately completed.

The president also warned against a repeat of the unnecessary bombing of people in Kaduna State, praising the present collaboration among security forces.

“We have too many investments that we need to make now in soft and physical infrastructure, in social security, in MSME empowerment, and other growth enablers. 

"We are pursuing a $1 trillion economy in the next few years, and our efforts will be undermined if we do not finally wrap up our progressive onslaught against enemies of progress. 

"Be encouraged. The confidence of our people in your capacity is rising, and they are appreciative of the sacrifices of our men and women.   

“The success you are recording is undeniable. Nigerians are seeing it, but the avoidable errors, as witnessed recently in Kaduna, are unacceptable and cannot be repeated. 

"I am pleased that coordination between all agencies has dramatically improved over recent months, but there is no room for celebrations until we can end this; until we can bring our troops back to their own localities, and until we can free up resources for our critical economic expansion programme,” the president said in a statement by his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale.

He challenged the security agencies to keep the pace going, saying, "Failure is not an option under my leadership."

President Tinubu also emphasised that the armed forces must deliver on his goal of achieving a sustainable output of two million barrels of crude oil per day, including condensates, by the first quarter of 2024.

“I do not play with my intelligence reports. I have multiple lines of sight. The Navy and sister branches must step up their game to achieve our aims for the benefit of all Nigerians. 

"All malign actors will be aggressively uprooted from our midst. Those working against the national agenda from within and without will meet justice. Your task is clear. We will sustain our momentum. Failure is not an option under my leadership,” he warned.

Tinubu also praised the Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet (PAF), the Commander of the Brigade of Guards (BoG), and his Chief Personal Security Officer (CPSO) for their dedication and commitment to carrying out their duties, which resulted in promotions.

Speaking at the decoration of the PAF Commander, Air Commodore Olayinka Olusola Oyesola, with his new rank of Air Vice Marshal in the Nigerian Air Force; Commander, BoG, Adebisi Olusegun Onasanya, who  was promoted from Colonel to the rank of Brigadier-General; and the Police CPSO, Usman Musa Shugaba, who is now a Deputy Commissioner of Police after being promoted from his prior rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police, President Tinubu said he was very impressed by the officers’ “loyalty and dedication to duty”

In the presence of the elevated officers' spouses, the President decorated the newly promoted officers, who were assisted by the Chiefs of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Bala Abubakar; the Chiefs of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Taoreed Abiodun Lagbaja; and the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun.

The National Security Adviser, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, Service Chiefs, Heads of Intelligence Agencies, and presidential aides were present.

Speaking on behalf of the officers, AVM Olayinka thanked the President for the officers' promotion and the honour of serving the nation. He assured the Commander-in-Chief of their continuous devotion to service.    

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