The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) has charged the new Service Chiefs to secure Nigeria in just over a month’s time.
The President stated this on Friday, after he decorated the security chief’s at the State House in Abuja. At the ceremony, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor was decorated as a four star general, while the other three Chiefs were given three stars.
He said: “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.”
President Buhari told the service chiefs to see their appointments, 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.”
“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 per cent, and I expect you to effectively deploy your officers and men to secure the country.”
In his acceptance speech, General Irabor said, “Nigeria will have peace again. Based on the mandate, we will address all issues, working with all other security organisations.”
“That is a matching order that Mr. President has given to us and we will work assiduously to achieve that.” He also assured that security fears will soon become a thing of the past among Nigerians: “We can’t live in fear and we will ensure that whatever brings fear to Nigerians before now will be a thing of the past.”