13th August, 2010
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has directed the Minister of Defence and Service Chiefs to ensure that necessary structures are put in place to enable the Armed Forces remain â€œresolutely focusedâ€ on their constitutional duty of defending Nigerianâ€™s territorial integrity and protecting its democratic institutions.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Armed Forces Council in Abuja on Friday August 13, President Jonathan reaffirmed his Administrationâ€™s commitment to building a truly professional military which will foster stability, peace and security in the country at all times, and be a source of pride to all Nigerians.
â€œThis commitment is borne out by the inauguration of the Armed Forces Council today, along with the various proactive initiatives towards the repositioning of the Armed Forces for the challenges of our twenty-first century world,â€ the President said.
Noting that the capacity of the Armed Forces to meet their enormous constitutional responsibilities will be further enhanced by the inauguration of the council, President Jonathan commended the military for the â€œhigh degree of commitment to professional excellence, loyalty, dedication, courage and faith in Nigeria which they constantly epitomize in the discharge of their duties within and outside our shores.â€
â€œWith the tempo of political activities heating up across the country, they must at all times be insulated from the partisanship and potential divisiveness of the political process,â€ the President told members of the council which he chairs as Commander-In-Chief.
The council was established pursuant to Part II, Section 4 of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 â€“ Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
Its other members are the Minister of Defence, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff and the Chief of Air Staff.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence serves as Secretary of the council which is responsible, under the general authority of the President, for the command, discipline and administration of Nigeriaâ€™s Armed Forces.