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Defence Minister Charges Service Chiefs, Civil Servants On Integrity, Transparency

By Karls Tsokar, Abuja   |   14 November 2015   |   2:25 am  

aliThe new Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali has charged the leadership of the Ministry, Armed Forces and all others under his supervision to embrace the virtues of honesty, integrity and transparency if they are to succeed.

He said this while also hinting that the policy direction of the Ministry would be focused on the welfare of soldiers and due process.

Speaking during the formal taking over ceremony in Abuja yesterday, Dan-Ali said that corruption cannot prevail where the concept of good leadership, which revolves around the three qualities, is embedded.

“You cannot be a good leader if you don’t have integrity, you cannot be a good leader if don’t have honesty, so also, transparency. Forget about corruption. Corruption can never come near you if you have these qualities”, he said.

The new Defence Minister expressed optimism that the war against insurgency would be over at the set deadline of December, though pockets of the elements may still be around for a while, before they would finally fizzle out.

Dan-Ali also noted that troops rotation was important as the soldiers need to come back to their spouses once in a while to unwind, after fighting hard to defend the country. “I will ensure that it is my cardinal principle that no soldier stays at war-front for more than a year.”

Meanwhile, in his first assignment as Minister, Dan-Ali who prefers not to be affixed with his military title of Brigadier General, spoke on the 2016 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration.

He said the nation remains eternally grateful to the gallant Nigerians who paid the supreme price for our survival and unity. “This is the time to reach out to the loved ones that these fallen heroes have left behind. It is also a time to remember those who were incapacitated by these campaigns and contribute towards rehabilitating them.”

He disclosed that the program for the event, which terminates on January 15, 2016 with the wreath laying at the national arcade, would also feature religious services, humanitarian day, under the theme of ‘Motivating the Nigerian Armed Forces for Effective Service Delivery.’



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