- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has sent a strong message to the newly-appointed service chiefs
- Wike called on the service chiefs to avoid politicising the nation's security
- The Rivers governor also advised the new appointees not to align with politicians
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The newly appointed service chiefs have been warned never to make Nigeria's security a political issue.
The warning that came in form of pieces of advice was given by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Tuesday, January 26.
Wike congratulated the new appointees and encouraged them to see their offices as an opportunity to revamp the nation's security architecture that has suffered a setback and backlashes for years.
The governor also urged the service chiefs not to compromise their duties by aligning themselves with politicians in the country.
In a statement by the governor's commissioner for Paulinus Nsirim, made available to Legit.ng, read:
“The new service chiefs should not politicise security by aligning with politicians. What the country needs now is competence and professionalism that will reduce insecurity to the barest minimum.
“This is an opportunity to serve the nation and I believe that the service chiefs will be focused and dedicated.”
Meanwhile, Major-General Tukur Buratai was reported to be holding the title of the country's longest-serving Chief of Army Staff.
The Borno-born General spent a total of 66 months as the nation's top army chief. He was followed closely by Late General Sani Abacha who went on to be Nigeria's military president, with 60 months.
David Ejoor served as the COAS for 56 months, TY Danjuma served for 51 months and Azubuike Ihejirika served for 40 months.
Out of those mentioned, only Danuma from Taraba state and Ihejirika from Abia state were still alive. 60-year old Buratai was commissioned in 1983 and has had multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments before his appointment as the COAS by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.