May 30, 2024

We ‘ll never yield to forces of darkness – Tinubu


President Bola Tinubu

…commissions new DIA headquarters building

By Kingsley Omonobi

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has declared that the undying spirit of Nigerians cannot and will never yield to forces of darkness causing and fanning the embers of insecurity in the country assuring that, “I am confident that we shall prevail.”

Tinubu made the declaration at the commissioning ceremony of the new headquarters building of the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) in Abuja on Thursday.

Represented by the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Tinubu said, “Our country is bedeviled by myriads of security challenges across the six geopolitical zones of the entire nation. Since we became an independent nation about 64 years ago, except for the period of the civil war spanning 1967 all the way to 1970, at no time have we been faced by multiple threats than in recent times.

 “We not only face physical threats, but also economic and digital threats. In terms of the digital threats, we are all aware of the capacity of criminals, terrorists, cyber bandits to exploit advances in technology to undermine any nation, including our own.

“This is why security tops the eight-point agenda of our administration. In our bid to combat physical threats, we deploy the armed forces in almost all the zones of the country to assist the civil authorities. Some of the other threats you have to contend with behind your computers using, if necessary, artificial intelligence, enabling our military to know the position of the enemies or the games they are up to.

“The undying spirit of Nigerians cannot and will never yield to forces of darkness. I am confident that we shall prevail. My confidence is anchored on the unwavering commitment of members of the armed forces of Nigeria and the intelligence agencies, including the DSS, including the NIA and of course the DIA. You have all left me in no doubt that you have no other higher obligation than to serve and secure this nation of ours.

“Of course, you do so in secret. I know that with each passing day the adversaries wish that our commitment in responding to various threats would wither and our optimism dim and our courage evaporate. But our adversaries get our idea in the wrong.

“Let me say categorically that it is not a coincidence that we have made deliberate efforts to ensure the general upliftment of the Defense Intelligence Agency which was created in 1986. I assure you along with the entire armed forces of Nigeria that I will sustain the provisional welfare, training and other administrative and logistics requirements to enhance your productivity to enable you to carry out your mandates.

“I am persuaded that a conducive and well equipped intelligence outfit would positively impact on the overall intelligence gathering efforts, processing and timely dissemination to the various arms of the military.

He commended the leadership of the Defense Intelligence Agency, past and present for conceiving and completing the beautiful edifice adding, “It is my sincere belief that out of this magnificent office structure shall emerge innovations and creativity in the field of intelligence gathering that will keep Nigeria ahead of its foes and make our country and people safer.

“I urge you to be unrelenting, proactive in creating the necessary conditions that will guarantee the realization of the renewed hope agenda for a better country that we all desire. The entire nation is behind you and appreciates your sacrifices.

In his remarks, the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major General Parker Udiandeye disclosed that the agency has diligently carried out its assigned responsibilities of intelligence gathering and provisioning of estimates to enable timely and appropriate actions, not only by the emphasis of Nigeria, but for strategic national decision making. to guarantee peace, security and national development.

The preoccupation requires intelligence about our immediate environment and that of other nations, hence the dual role of our agency.

“In carrying out these functions, certain factors and conditions are necessary, primarily among which is the conducive working environment of the operators of the system.

“This building stands as a testament to the fulfillment of the cardinal requirements of the staff of this agency for optimal performance of their duties.

“This is in tandem with the fact that intelligence is a critical tool of statecraft that provides the necessary foreknowledge to protect our nation from surprise attacks, either through hostile foreign military or internal challenges such as the current insurgency, banditry and other sundry crimes confronting our dear nation.

“As you have said time and again, the renewed hope agenda of your administration is defined by your commitment to unleashing our country’s full potential. By focusing on job creation, access to capital for small and large businesses, inclusiveness, the rule of law and the parts against the fight against hunger, poverty and corruption are succinctly captured by your administration’s eight-point agenda.

“Your vision has produced a picture of the future for us all and in it we clearly see the role of security and intelligence in securing us all. Therefore, as an agency, we will not rest, we will not falter, and we will work because a better future is assured for our great country in Nigeria”.

Among dignitaries present at the occasion was the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa, Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Bala Hasan Abubakar, Former NSA, Babagana Monguno, and members of the National Assembly Committees on Defence