ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed confidence that the incoming government under the leadership of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, would sustain the tempo of his administration.
He said he had confidence that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, would continue to support the Nigerian Navy, maintaining the positive trajectory achieved during his tenure.
Buhari, while speaking at the Presidential Fleet Review, 2023, at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos, said he was pleased with the military’s combat readiness.
The Presidential Fleet Review will possibly be the last by him in his capacity as President and Commander-in-Chief.
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The President expressed immense satisfaction with the array of naval assets on display and the combat readiness of the Nigerian military.
He recognized the nation’s pride in the navy’s numerous achievements during his eight-year administration, saying: “I have no doubt that the incoming administration of President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will sustain the current tempo of my administration in giving the Navy necessary support to effectively carry out its assigned tasks.
“My best wishes to our Navy for protecting our maritime domain and the economic prosperity of Nigeria. As I leave office on May 29, I wish you all fair winds. ONWARD TOGETHER and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Buhari expressed hope that under Tinubu’s leadership, the Navy would continue to acquire new assets, expand shipbuilding for export purposes, promote indigenous production, intensify the fight against piracy, and address issues pertaining to crude oil theft in Nigeria’s maritime domain.
He noted further that the significant reduction in piracy over the past seven years, which led to Nigeria’s removal from the list of piracy-prone countries by the International Maritime Bureau, IMB, in March 2022.
He commended the application of technology in securing the maritime domain, which facilitated the intelligence-driven deployment of naval ships and enhanced their effectiveness.
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Also, the President specifically commended the diligent prosecution of MT HEROIC IDUN, in August 2022, which was detected and apprehended for attempting to load crude oil without authorization offshore Bonny.
He noted that this successful interdiction further reaffirmed the navy’s commitment to protecting the country’s resources.
Praising the impressive combat displays staged by elements of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service, alongside a combination of assets from the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force, President Buhari said: “I expect this to translate into the actual capability to dominate Nigeria’s maritime environment and secure the vast resources therein for the socio-economic development of our great country.”