PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned a Made-in-Nigeria military automobiles known as Mine Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicles (MRAP) that are to be used by the army in its fight against Boko Haram.
These new vehicles named Ezugwu were produced by Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria and the Nigerian Army’s Command Engineering Depot. President Buhari who commissioned the vehicles in Kaduna at the opening of the 2019 Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference, commended the Nigerian armed forces and the army in particular, for their efforts in defending the country.
President Buhari assured the military that his government has resolved to do everything within its constitutional power to ensure the security and safety of the law-abiding citizens of Nigeria. He, however, told the men of the armed forces to continue to abide by their ethics, the rules of engagement and code of conduct, as well as human rights and international humanitarian laws in the conduct of their military operations.
“I note the collaborative efforts of the Command Engineering Depot with relevant indigenous organisations to promote local contents towards developing our military-industrial complex. I am glad with the production of the Ezugwu mine-resistant vehicle and others which were earlier produced as testimony that our efforts are yielding results.
“This administration has continued to provide resources and carried out transformational projects with the sole aim of modernising the army in a better position to perform its constitutional roles. In this regard, it is pertinent to acknowledge the establishment of the Army University Biu and the Army Resources Centre alongside the War College to further boost intellectual capacity in the forces.
“These are efforts to confront emerging threats to our national security. I salute the gallantry efforts of the personnel of the Nigerian Army and I am highly impressed with the conduct of your operations by continuing to flush out terrorists from their hiding places.” President Buhari added.
He pointed out that his government is aware that activities of the Nigerian Army came with dire consequences. At the event, President Buhari sent his condolences to those who have paid the supreme sacrifices in an effort to secure this country.