- The Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance and Transparency has made a demand on behalf of the past service chiefs
- CCSGGGT said the immediate past service chiefs should be honoured with an award
- According to the group, the service chiefs were totally committed to their duties
The Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance and Transparency (CCSGGGT) on Wednesday, January 27, called on President Muhammdu Buhari to honour the outgoing service chiefs with meritorious awards.
CCSGGGT said the chief of defence staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; the chief of army staff, Lieutenant Tukur Buratai; the chief of air staff, Sadique Abubakar, and the chief of naval staff, vice-admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas should be honoured for their commitment to end terrorism and other forms of criminality in Nigeria.
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).
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The conveners said the service chiefs defended the nation's territorial integrity, fight against external aggression, and maintaining law and order within Nigeria.
CCSGGGT also described the committed and efforts put in by the service chiefs in their duty as exceptional.
The statement said:
"We make bold to say that the immediate past set of service chiefs who retired on Wednesday, have from all indices, served Nigeria well."
"For the little over five years that they were in office, they were able to defend the territorial integrity of the nation, fight against external aggression and maintain law and order within the country."
The statement added that all through their tenure as service chiefs, Buratai and his colleagues were able to achieve a lot because they were well-coordinated, blended so well and worked as a team.
"We have gone through the processes for the award and we have found that they are eminently qualified due to the services they rendered the country more so as the award is said to be to encourage people to do more, to promote excellence and patriotism, to promote selfless and meritorious service."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari had a meeting with the newly appointed service chiefs at the Presidential Villa today.
The president while meeting with the new service chiefs urged them to make the welfare of military personal their major concern.
Also, 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.