President Muhammadu Buhari traveled to Lagos State on Thursday to commission the new Naval Sports Complex and also declared open the 12th Nigerian Navy Games. The President expressed hope that the naval games would discover new talents capable of representing the Navy and the country in international competitions. Present at the event were the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo Olu; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi, amongst others.
The President said, “Over the years, sports have remained a tool to strengthen the ties between troops, instilling discipline and readiness to serve a common cause in the military. I am sure that these Games will create the forum for the Nigerian Navy to achieve these objectives and more.
“The construction of this sports complex has provided a standard venue for the Nigerian Navy to host major games as well as an appropriate venue for naval personnel within Lagos to use for training and other recreational purposes”.
President Buhari also stated that the Armed Forces and security agencies would continue to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians against all forms of criminal elements across the country.