President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met with the newly appointed Service Chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja with a directive that they should rise up to the nation’s current security challenges.
The meeting was coming barely 24 hours after the new top military chiefs were named by President Buhari.
Present at the meeting held behind closed doors were Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, General Irabor explained that the President challenged the appointees to be alive to their responsibilities.
He said: “The message from the President is that knowing the current security environment we must do everything possible to add value to the security disposition and the expectations are high and that we are quite mindful of that expectations. So, we collectively, will work to achieve that.”
According to him, the new service chiefs would work to bring security to lives and properties.
He said: “We have just seen Mr. President and we are mindful of the demands. We can only at this stage pledge our utmost best to bring safety and security to lives and properties across the country”.
The CDS assured that the new top military echelon would ensure that value is added to the lives of citizens, saying: “On behalf of the Service Chiefs, I am assuring the nation of peace and security. We believe there will be value that will be added to the security disposition of the nation.”