In his address, the Prime Minister highlighted that we are living in times when the world is shaking in its very foundations, and “to this we Hungarians are no exception” as “the epicentre of the earthquake is right next door to us.” A war is taking place in Hungary’s immediate neighbourhood, and meanwhile, from the South migrants in the thousands “are besieging our borders,” he said.
He stressed that we needed a strong country, a strong government, a strong economy, a strong army and last but not least strong law enforcement agencies. “We must train and armour ourselves,” Mr Orbán stated.
The Prime Minister said we should primarily show our appreciation to the parents of the graduating students for the fact that their children stand here before us as respectable adults and people who are able to make serious decisions already at a young age. “We have here standing before us strong and determined young people who love their country; in today’s world, this is no ordinary thing, it is something that must be appreciated,” he pointed out.
He said passing-out ceremonies are held year after year, every year hundreds commit themselves to the police, the finance guards, the prison service or disaster management. However, this year is the first time that this is taking place outside the Ludovika Building, and this is how it should be because the Ludovika is a symbol, meaning that it points beyond itself, he said.
He added that this institution stood for loyalty to the country, service of the nation and responsibility for the community, meaning the recognition that it is the duty of the strong to protect those weaker than them.
Mr Orbán said “we are in great need of strong people because without strength justice is worth little.”
He said we can also see young people who prefer the easy way out, who do not like to take responsibility and do not want to commit to anything. There are some who grow out of this and decide “to give their own lives seriousness, weight and significance,” and therefore choose a serious profession, including joining state service, he explained.
He stressed that those who opt for a responsible life and the calling of officer also proudly stand for their Hungarian identity. According to their oath, the students now graduating will protect the Hungarian people, will serve the peace and security of the Hungarian nation and undertake to remain strong even in difficult times, to protect the weak and the distressed, and to stop anyone who poses a threat to Hungary’s peace and security, he listed. He added that with this they also agree to lend strength to the justice of the Hungarians.
Mr Orbán further said the graduating students “have become members of a successful and reputable corps.” In the past decade, police officers have earned the people’s trust, and have also managed to keep it, he said.
He highlighted that they had cut crime, and so today “Hungary is one of the safest countries or perhaps the safest country in Europe,” and of this we are all proud.
The 166 graduating students of the Law Enforcement Faculty of the National University of Public Service took their oaths as part of a ceremony in the presence of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Interior Minister Sándor Pintér, Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky and the General Staff of law enforcement agencies at a new venue, at the Ludovika Campus of the National University of Public Service.