The Armed forces and security agencies in Nigeria today held the first edition of joint route march exercise nationwide.
Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, appreciated the participating agencies for turning out enmasse to show the resolve of the Military and Security Agencies to work together in securing our Nation.
Air Vice Marshall Benjamin Nweze, Chief of Defence Research and Development, who represented the CDS, urged the participants to continue in the spirit of unity and togetherness exhibited during the exercise. He urged the officers and men to continue to discourage inter-agency rivalry and misunderstanding between personnel, saying that; “We are all working towards the same goal of ensuring a safer and indivisible Nigeria”
He added that all agencies are important and needed one another to succeed. He pointed out that the quarterly exercise would promote and reduce avoidable friction in the discharge of the statutory responsibilities of security agencies.
The slogan for the exercise, is “TOGETHER WE ARE”;
a. Protecting Lives and Property.
b. Ensuring unity and Progress.
c. Supporting Democracy.
d. Upholding the Constitution.
e. Defending National Interest.