By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, has said Nigeria’s maritime environment was at risk, following upcoming socio-political activities taking off in the country.
Ibas spoke just as National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd), vowed that he would sustain the nation’s national security, in spite of threats from some quarters.
Ibas insisted that the country’s maritime domain was not getting safer, given the upcoming activities but vowed that Nigerian Navy was ready for any challenge.
The Naval chief spoke at Naval Headquarters, Abuja, while decorating newly elevated staff of the agency, Commodore Yem Musa, who is the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre in the Office of National Security Adviser, ONSA, to the rank of Rear Admiral.
He said: “Our maritime environment is not getting any safer, especially with the upcoming socio-political activities that are taking off. I think we will benefit now that you have been elevated and I want to thank the National Security Adviser for being here with us.”
Speaking on the occasion, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, who was present, assured that he would continue to sustain the security of the country.
He explained that one of the reasons he championed Nigeria’s bid to host the Gulf of Guinea Summit in the country was for Nigeria to take over the chairmanship of the Gulf of Guinea, being the only country with blue water Navy in the whole of the Gulf of Guinea, coupled with the antecedents of the Nigerian Navy in so many situations.
He said: “One of the reasons I insisted on having the Gulf of Guinea summit in Abuja was the fact that we really pressed for Nigeria to take over the chairmanship of the Gulf of Guinea, being the only blue water Navy in the whole of the Gulf of Guinea, and knowing fully well the antecedents of the Nigerian Navy.