From: Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, met separately with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar.
The two service chiefs reportedly briefed the president of their services’ operations in respective missions across the country.
Apart from briefing the president on the progress of the activities of the two services to contain insecurity and insurgency in the country, the army and air chiefs also pledged their loyalty to Buhari as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
Emerging from the meeting, Gen. Buratai told State House correspondents, “I visited the Commander-in-Chief to update him on the security situation that the army is involved and defending the territorial integrity of the country, the welfare of the troops, the state of our general administration.
“The president is happy with the Nigerian army and the military. We will continue to do our work to defend the constitution of this country and we assured him of our absolute loyalty and ensure we discharge our constitutional responsibility.”
On his part, Marshal Abubakar said it was a routine meeting and that the force would continue to do its part to ensure the nation’s security.
The Air Chief said, “I came to brief the president on what is happening in the air force. He is the commander in chief and he has the right to meet with his service chiefs.
“For us in the airforce and for all the service really, we are doing everything humanly possible to ensure that our society is secure and our communities are stable, so that people can go about pursuing their legitimate aspirations without any fear, that is the purpose for which the air force is established.
“That is why we are working to ensure that we do everything humanly possible to create such an enabling environment because without security you cannot think of development.
“You are very familiar with that the relationship between security and development and we are working round the clock to ensure that we provide the enabling environment for development.”