Badaru, Matawalle Take Charge of Defence Ministry, Hit the Ground Running
By Alabidun Shuaib AbdulRahman
In a significant development for Nigeria’s national security, the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Muhammed Badaru, and his State counterpart, Dr. Bello Matawalle, have officially assumed their roles at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, pledging to hit the ground running, with a focus on modernising the country’s defence.
They took over from Dr. Ibrahim Kana, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry on Tuesday.
Badaru, a seasoned politician with a distinguished history of public service, brings extensive governance experience to the role of Minister of Defence.
His appointment is expected to infuse stability and strategic vision into the ministry, which plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the nation.
In his address, Badaru emphasised their commitment to President Bola Tinubu’s trust and urged the service chiefs to provide a timeline and requirements to address the nation’s security challenges.
He noted the president’s unwavering support for their mission, stressing the vital link between security, investment, and economic growth for the nation.
The ex-Governor of Jigawa State, assured that his tenure would mark a significant shift in the country’s security landscape and expressed his solemn dedication to the position.
Similarly, Dr. Bello Matawalle, in his remarks, acknowledged the Armed Forces of Nigeria’s unwavering commitment in the face of evolving security threats, including terrorism, banditry, insurgency, cyber warfare, and more.
He expressed confidence that, with support from colleagues, the armed forces, and every Nigerian, they could overcome any challenge.
Matawalle emphasised the importance of adopting a comprehensive approach, including modernising and strengthening the armed forces, fostering regional cooperation, and addressing the root causes of conflicts.
He highlighted the collective responsibility of every citizen in ensuring the nation’s security and called for active engagement from all sectors of society.
The former Governor of Zamfara State remarked the significance of regional collaboration with neighboring countries and organisations like ECOWAS and the AU, underlining intelligence sharing and joint operations as vital components.