– The newly appointed service chiefs visited Borno state on Sunday, January 31
– Led by the Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor, their visit is expected to unleash a massive onslaught on the Boko Haram terrorists
– The CDS also made very reassuring statements while speaking to frontline troops in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital
The newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor, is already talking tough.
Speaking during the service chiefs’ visit to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital recently, General Irabor made very reassuring statements to frontline troops while addressing them.
Below are the major takeaways from the CDS statement as collated by Nigerians who monitored the visit.
1. Mr. President, the Commander-in-Chief sent his commendation to you. When we met him, he charged us to let you know that your welfare is a top priority in government and to also let you know that issues bordering on equipment are what the government is working on in addition to those that have been procured and are in transit to Nigeria.
2. You will be seeing us very often, to let you know we are with you and to ensure that this operation comes to an end speedily.
3. Every service chief and I have made a commitment that whatever is required for us to work as a team we would do.
4. Well done, keep the spirit because that is precisely what it should be. We have no other choice but to meet the desires of our commander-in-chief.
Meanwhile, a democratic group has called on the immediate past service chiefs to always make themselves available for consultations by their successors.
The National Democratic Front said the past service chiefs’ wealth of experience can be used by their new colleagues in the effort to end the war against terrorism in Nigeria.
In a related development, the Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance and Transparency (CCSGGGT) on Wednesday, January 27, called on President Buhari to honour the outgoing service chiefs with meritorious awards.
A statement signed by the group’s conveners, Emmanuel Ogar and Abubakar Gana, and seen by Legit.ng said the chiefs should be given the award of the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger (GCON).