President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday promised the new service chiefs that he would pray for them as they lead the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.
Buhari also advised the service chiefs to give responsibilities to trusted hands, while charging them to be loyal and patriotic.
The President stated this in a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled, ‘Inside PMB’s First Meeting With New Service Chiefs’.
Adesina said the President assured the new service chiefs of his prayers and support, adding that “victory comes from the divine powers”.
The new service chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao as Chief of Air Staff.
Buhari said, “You know the stage we were in 2015, and you know the stage we are now, and the undertakings we made.”
“In terms of equipment and other logistics, we are doing our best, and will do more. Give officers you can trust command, and support them. Respect seniority and intellectualism, but also use people who can deliver, those who show courage and leadership qualities.”
“I will be praying for you. I assure you of that.”
In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded a letter to the Senate, seeking for the screening and confirmation of the newly appointed Service Chiefs.
The President in a letter to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, dated 27th January 2021, said that the screening was being sought in furtherance of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap. A.20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.