The outgoing President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has asserted that he had no doubt that the incoming government of President-elect, Bola Tinubu, would sustain the tempo of his administration.
Speaking at the Presidential Fleet Review, 2023, at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos, Buhari said he was pleased with the military’s combat readiness.
He said he had confidence that the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, would continue to provide crucial support to the Nigerian Navy, maintaining the positive trajectory achieved during his tenure.
The Presidential Fleet Review will possibly be the last by him in his capacity as President and Commander-in-Chief.
He expressed immense satisfaction with the array of naval assets on display and the combat readiness of the Nigerian military.
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Recognizing the nation’s pride in the navy’s numerous achievements during his eight-year administration, the President stated: ‘I have no doubt that the incoming administration of President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will sustain the current tempo of my administration in giving the Navy necessary support to effectively carry out its assigned tasks.
‘My best wishes to our Navy for protecting our maritime domain and the economic prosperity of Nigeria. As I leave office on May 29, I wish you all fair winds. ONWARD TOGETHER and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.’
Buhari said he hoped that under Tinubu’s leadership, the Navy would continue to acquire new assets, expand shipbuilding for export purposes, promote indigenous production, intensify the fight against piracy, and address issues pertaining to crude oil theft in Nigeria’s maritime domain.
He pointed out that the significant reduction in piracy over the past seven years, leading to Nigeria’s removal from the list of piracy-prone countries by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), in March 2022.