The new Chief of Defence Staff, CDS and the Service Chiefs recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari have vowed to find a lasting solution to the security challenges facing the country.
The appointees, Maj. Gen. Lucky Eluonye lrabor, Chief of Defence Staff, CDS; Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, COAS; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, CNS; and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao, Chief of Air Staff, CAS.
President Muhammadu Buhari had in a letter dated January 27, 2021, forwarded the nominations of the military chiefs to the Senate for confirmation.
When the nominees appeared before a Joint Senate Committee on Defence, Army, Navy and Air Force chaired by Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko for their screening yesterday, they all pledged their best to ensure that insecurity becomes a thing of the past.
According to the new CDS, the mandate of President Buhari was very clear to him and his colleagues, hence they will deliver on the core mandate.
“I have had extensive experience as a commissioned officer of the Nigerian Army. I have had experiences in both operational and of course instructional and field experiences and I hope as we interact together you will see more of what we could deliver in a manner Nigerians will be happy,” Gen. Irabor said.
For his part, the COAS-designate, Major General Attahiru, assured the panel that if confirmed for the position, he will provide the right leadership for the Nigerian Army and reposition it.
“My vision is to reposition it for professionalism, defeat all adversaries in a joint environment.
“Furthermore, let me assure you all that I will do all that is necessary to work assiduously with other service chiefs to bring an end to the security challenges in the country,” Attahiru said.
Also, the CNS-designate, Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo, said his vision was to leverage all factors to re-energize the Nigerian Navy
in fulfilment of national security objectives.
While the CAS-nominee, AVM Isiaka Amao, went on memory lane as he recalled how the country has spent the taxpayer’s money to train him right from 1984 to date, promising not to let the country down in his new capacity.
“And of course for my resume, you can see that I have the experience to hold this appointment. I want to promise that I will not let the Nigerian people down, and I will do my best with the coordination of my colleagues to ensure that the security situation in the country
is a thing of the past,” Amao said.