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Buhari sets performance timeline for new service chiefs

By Idowu Abdullahi

As part of measures aimed at protecting Nigerians across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the newly appointed service chiefs to speed up their actions in freeing the country from the current state of insecurity.

He said that it had become imperative for the nation’s top officers to hit the ground running in ensuring normalcy returns to all nooks and crannies of the country such that would end the insecurity apprehension currently taking center stage in the nation’s discourse.

Buhari said that the new service chiefs have before them few weeks to prove themselves worthy and justify the confidence reposed in them with their new roles such that Nigerians would heave a sigh of relief across the country.

Speaking on Friday at a ceremony to decorate the new service chiefs with their ranks at the State House Abuja, the president noted that the new military captains must explore all avenues in restoring normalcy in the country.

“During our four-hour security meeting, on Tuesday, I had taken the responsibility as Commander-in-Chief for you to go out into the field and secure the country.

“You have got a few weeks to do that because, by the rainy season, we expect people to develop confidence and go back to the land so that we don’t get into trouble by being away from the field and therefore unable to produce enough food for the nation,” Buhari said.

He told the service chiefs to see their appointment, clearance, and decoration as a vote of confidence on them.

“For those (of you) that have been confirmed by this ceremony, the decoration, in front of your spouses, is a further confidence loudly expressed on you on behalf of the nation, to respond to the insecurity the country is in, and the nation looks up to you for rapid relief.”

He assured them of his firm support as they deliver on their responsibilities, adding that “I have accepted responsibility for your actions in the field; it’s up to you to identify your competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualification and deploy them to make sure that we secure this country.

“We all look forward to you to perform and I as the Commander-in-Chief, I am backing you hundred percent, and I expect you to effectively deploy your officers and men to secure the country,” the President said.

Responding on behalf of the other service chiefs, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor assured the president that they would not fail in their responsibilities as the mandate was clear.

“Nigeria will have peace again. Based on the mandate, we will address all issues, working with all other security organisations,” he said.

Other decorated are Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff, and Air Marshal Isiaka Amao as Chief of Air Staff.

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