From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja; Gyang Bere, Jos; John Adams, Minna
The new Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Leo Irabor, has assured Nigerians that the security challenges currently ravaging the country will soon be a thing of the past.
Irabor gave the assurance, yesterday, after the newly appointed service chiefs met with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The chief of defence staff, who spoke on behalf of the newly appointed service chiefs while addressing State House Correspondents on the meeting with president Buhari, said: “The message from the president is that we, knowing the current security environment, must do everything possible to add value to the security disposition and the expectations are high; and we are quite mindful of that expectations, so, we collectively, will work to achieve that.”
He added: “We we can only, at this stage, pledge our utmost best to bring safety and security to lives and properties across the country.”
Asked what he would assure the nation, the CDS said: “On behalf of the service chiefs, I am assuring the nation peace and security; we believe there will be added value to the security disposition of the nation.”
President Buhari had told the new service chiefs that Nigeria was in a state of emergency, following the myriads of security challenges across the country.
The president, therefore, charged the new service chiefs to be patriotic and serve the country well.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari said: “We’re in a state of emergency. Be patriotic, serve the country well, as your loyalty is to the country.
“There’s nothing I can tell you about the service, because you are in it. I was also in it, and I will pray for you. I also assure you that whatever I can do as Commander-in-Chief will be done, so that the people will appreciate your efforts.
“You know the stage we were in 2015, you know the stage we are now, and the undertakings we made. We promised to secure the country, revive the economy, and fight corruption. None has been easy, but we have certainly made progress.”
The president also charged the service chiefs to be concerned about the morale of their officers and men, saying they should be made to feel physically and professionally secure. He pledged that government would do its best in terms of equipment and logistics.
President Buhari, on Tuesday, accepted the resignation of the former service chiefs and appointed new ones.
The other new service chiefs are Major-General I. Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff); Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo (Chief of Naval Staff) and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao (Chief of Air Staff).
Also in the meeting was the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and the Minister of Defence Major-General Bashir Magashi (retd).