President Buhari yesterday, March 5 decorated the new service chiefs at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
In their new ranks, the service chiefs are General Lucky Irabor Chief of Defense Staff; Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Marshal Ishiaka Oladayo Amoo Chief of Air Staff.
The decoration ceremony was witnessed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN); the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha; Defense Minister, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Rtd); the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as well as the spouses of the service chiefs.
President Buhari has given a marching order to the new service chiefs who he decorated today March 5.
Speaking at the presidential villa, Abuja, the Nigerian leader told the service chiefs that they have few weeks to secure the country.
Buhari also asked them to identify competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualification and deploy them to make sure that the country is secured.
“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.
“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.”
By Jide N.