Inauguration of New Naval Assets: During the Presidential Fleet Review, President Buhari inaugurated several additions to the Nigerian Navy’s fleet. Notable among them was a new helicopter, NN410, manufactured in Italy, and the landing ship transport NNS KADA, constructed in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. These new additions will bolster the Navy’s capabilities in safeguarding Nigeria’s maritime interests.
President Buhari’s remarks at the Naval Dockyard Limited in Lagos showcased his satisfaction with the display of naval assets and the combat readiness of the Nigerian military. With the upcoming transition of power to President-elect Tinubu, the President’s confidence in Tinubu’s leadership abilities and commitment to the Nigerian Navy’s advancement is clear.
- President Buhari’s Confidence in President-elect Tinubu: President Muhammadu Buhari expressed his confidence in the incoming administration of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu, stating his belief that Tinubu would maintain the positive trajectory achieved during Buhari’s own tenure. This endorsement signifies Buhari’s faith in Tinubu’s ability to lead Nigeria forward.
- Continued Support for the Nigerian Navy: Buhari emphasized that President-elect Tinubu’s administration would continue to provide crucial support to the Nigerian Navy. Under Tinubu’s leadership, the Navy is expected to acquire new assets, expand shipbuilding for export purposes, promote indigenous production, intensify the fight against piracy, and tackle issues related to crude oil theft.
- Maritime Security Achievements: President Buhari acknowledged the significant reduction in piracy incidents over the past seven years, which led to Nigeria’s removal from the list of piracy-prone countries by the International Maritime Bureau in March 2022. He applauded the utilization of technology in securing the maritime domain, enabling intelligence-driven deployment of naval ships and enhancing their effectiveness.