Jonathan commissions 4 new Nigerian warships, vows to defeat Boko Haram


President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Lagos assured Nigerians of routing the Boko Haram sect as he inaugurated four new ships procured by the Nigerian Navy.

“Let me use this platform to promise my Nigeria country men and women that we will rout Boko Haram,’’ Mr. Jonathan said at the Naval Dockyard Ltd in Victoria Island venue of the inauguration.

“Our capacity has increased sufficiently and our officers and men are doing wonderfully well in the north and we must conduct our elections as scheduled by INEC.

“I commend the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and other service chiefs, officers and ratings who have made this inauguration possible,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan, who said crude oil theft had reduced, added that he was delighted to witness the inauguration of the four new ships that were added to the Nigerian Navy fleet.

“As the lead maritime security agency, therefore, the NN deserves all the support it needs to effectively carry out its statutory roles.

“The four ships being inaugurated today are part of a total of eight ships that are expected to be commissioned into the NN fleet in 2015,” he said.

The president said the inauguration gave him the opportunity to once again reaffirm his confidence in the competence and commitment of the officers and ratings in the Nigerian Navy.

After inaugurating the ships, Mr. Jonathan proceeded into NNS Centenary, alongside senior officers,
ministers, Oba of Lagos and some members of the Navy Officers Wives Association (NOWA) for inspection.

In his speech, Mr. Jibrin also said the Nigerian Navy would not have achieved the meaningful progress it had made in its fleet re-capitalisation effort without the active support of the Federal Government.

He thanked the president for his resolve to emplace strong and a virile Navy capable of protecting Nigeria’s maritime interest against all forms of threat.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ships; NNS Centenary, NNS Prosperity, NNS Okpabana and NNS Sagbama were handed over to their commanding officers.

Mr. Jibrin handed over the ships to Capt. CD Okehie, Capt. MY Abba, Capt. AM Ibrahim and Capt. BK Effiong respectively.

According to the CNS, NNS Okpabana is to be enrolled in the NN as a frigate with capabilities for long endurance patrol of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“The NNS Centenary’s main mission will include maritime surveillance, EEZ, patrol and response task and protection of offshore resources and infrastructure.

“The Centenary is to also provide aid to civil authority when called upon to do so in period such as civil unrest and natural disaster among others.

“NNS Sagbama is a river town patrol vessel, while NNS Prosperity is to be enrolled into the NN as a training ship for junior officers and ratings,’’ he said.

The dignitaries present were Minister of Defence, Aliyu Gusau, Chief of Army Staff, Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and Chief of Air Staff, Adesola Amosun.

Others are the Oba of Lagos, Riliwan Akiolu, members of the diplomatic corps, and ministers.



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  • Dumbo

    Dr Dumbo bought 6 war ships for Tompolo but could only afford 4 for the Nigeria Navy. Something must be wrong somewhere. Private armies are more equip than the National security agencies.

    • guest

      You mean pirate navy? oil bunkers.

  • humans can never be satisfied, More power to your elbow sir.

  • As I read the previous comments na im I know say people an talk anyhow sha, him don buy am now, dem dey complain if him no buy am dem go talk say common war ship him no fit buy, una dey jonez ehn. GEJ cary go nothing do you

  • Tunde philips

    More of this should be done to equip our guys, so we can tackle this issue head on. kudo to you pesido

  • chinwe davis

    #teamGEJ all the way. leggo

  • Modibbo Adamu

    After defeating them from the Atlantic ocean by warships? you should as well defeat the causes of the insurgency which include, corruption, unemployment, ethnicity, religion bigotry, stealing of public funds, money laundering, and election malpractices e.g rigging.

  • ahmed

    Boko Haram has come to an end, Buhari is finished, Gej remains president till 2019!

    • bib

      Because you think Nigerians are gullible. The lives and property deliberately lost by the presdent turning blind eye to the atrocity of BH for six years should be forgotten. This is because he now deem it politically advantageous to now do what he should have done six years ago! I m sure you are not directly affected that is why you could be this simplistic.

      • Holy man

        Solving a six year old problem it six shouldn’t it earn the miracle worker ur admiration and commendation instead u are are indeed gullible.

        • bib

          You don’t seem to understand what I am saying. O.k. let me come to your level. If he can now do in six week what he would have done six years ago to save lives, property and honour of Nigerians shows that he is in control of BH . QED.

  • Enumah

    Desperate times need desperate measures.

  • Ndubuisi Chinedu

    Leadership is all about been Valiant and Charismatic, in wich GEJ posess all this, Congrats Nigeria Navy, GEJ til 2019

  • Divine West

    Nice one from our young educated and able president ,things must change old baba them should park one side this is time for the young ones to move naija forward.

  • vTrigger

    Get ready sea pirates and oil bunkers, kidnappers, when he finishes with BH, guess who’s next?
    Kudos Mr. Presido!!!

  • Nelson David

    A man who got no military experience is equipping the military whereas those who are ex-generals did nothing when they were in power. Well done GEJ

  • uko bassey

    GEJ is a real and strong leader….He has made Nigeria a better place, You are loved by your country men Mr. president#Gejtill2019

  • Saidu Aliero Yusuf

    “Oil theft has reduced” from which data was he reading? or he thought its story tell that lead the nation?

  • bib

    He has shown his lack of love for Nigerians but for himself. All these flurry of activities isvto make himself electable so that he and his cohorts can continue to fleece the country. A leader who loves the country could not have helpless look on as the country was being bombed right left and center, lives,property and even territory being lost. Seeing that he is unelectable he angles a six week delay. And behold what has not been done in six years are now achievable in six weeks. We aren’t gullible. You can’t deceive majority of Nigerians now.

    • Niyi Akinlabu

      Thank you!

  • ahmed

    Thank you mr president you’ve done noble…your good works continue till 2019

  • Hamusu Musah

    Boko haram cannot be reached by Warships, why not commissioning Jet bombers?

  • Etega

    Nigeria na our ogbonge country.. No Boko Haram go scatter us.

  • Ukpono

    Gheen! Gheen! Ghen!!! Jonathan vs Boko Haram

  • kemi

    every soon boko haram will be history

  • Maitama Tambari

    Are you going to use them in Lake Chad, because North East is in the desert and the lake is the only body of water of consequent. CHANGE! YES WE CAN.

  • uzo

    GEJ you are the right man for us carry go till 2019

  • Vicky

    President Jonathan has demonstrated that he is capable of controlling the country.he has shown that he understands that a nation is as strong as her military

  • Mary Frank

    GEJ has shown to all now that he is a better commander in chief that most of the retired and retarded generals who weakened and degraded the military for fear of coup d’tat

  • jude

    Any one who is against the taking over of Jonathan, should go to hell and wrath in it. No Jonathan, No Nigeria…. Take it or die.