– The new service chiefs have been officially decorated with new ranks following the confirmation of their appointment by the Senate
– President Buhari has disclosed why he expects the military commanders to secure the country as soon as possible
– The Nigerian leader expressed the confidence that the senior officers can deliver on their responsibilities
Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has told the new service chiefs that they have only a few weeks to secure the country.
The president made the charge on Friday, March 5, shortly after decorating the new military commanders their new ranks at the presidential villa, Abuja.
According to a statement by a presidential aide, Femi Adesina, Buhari said he expected the county to be secure before the rainy season, so that farmers who abandoned their farms in different parts of Nigeria, can be confident to return to farmlands.
”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.”
The president stated that the service chiefs should see their appointment, clearance and decoration as a vote of confidence on them.
He advised them to identify competent officers and deploy them effectively to make sure that the country is secure.
Buhari also assured the military commanders of his firm support as they deliver on their responsibilities.
Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, director army public relations stated that the claim soldiers absconded from duty after Boko Haram attacks on their camps is false.
Yerima made this known on Thursday, March 4, in a statement he signed and was shared on the army’s official Facebook page.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.