The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for support for the new Service Chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari so that they can perform their roles of protecting the country’s territorial integrity and tackle emerging security threats.
The party made the call in a statement issued by the National Secretary
Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party, Sen. John J. Akpan Udoedeghe.
SWITCH NIGERIA had earlier reported that Buhari on Tuesday sacked the previous service chiefs namely the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
The president replaced them with new ones who are Maj General Leo Irabor, CDS (Chief of Defence Staff), Major General I. Attahiru, Army, Rear Adm Adm AZ Gambo, Navy, AVM IO Amao, Air Force.
Udoedeghe said the APC is confident that the new chiefs will consolidate on the achievements of their predecessors in keeping the country safe and peaceful.
The APC national secretary said, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) welcomes the appointment of new service chiefs following the resignation and retirement of the outgoing service chiefs.
“We are confident that the new service chiefs will consolidate on the remarkable achievements of their predecessors in keeping the country safe and peaceful.
“The Party calls for public support for the new service chiefs as they perform their constitutional roles of protecting our country’s territorial integrity and tackle emerging security threats. We also urge increased synergy among the armed forces in achieving these tasks.
“Recent incidents in the country has triggered quite divisive rhetoric in some quarters. It is counterproductive and dangerous to national security when we put ethnic spins to issues affecting us. In tackling security threats, we should criminalise crime, not ethnicity.
“As a nation, our strength remains in our diversity and we should continue to forge unity in that diversity. We urge peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding among Nigerians, irrespective of the part of the country we chose to live and work.”