President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, January 27, met with his newly appointed service chiefs.
Shortly after the meeting, the president's special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, released the details of what he told the service chiefs.
In this piece, Legit.ng highlights five key points from the president's message to his new security heads.
1. Nigeria is in a state of emergency
With the renewed killings by the deadly Boko Haram terrorists and other security challenges, President Buhari told the service chiefs that Nigeria is in a state of emergency.
He, therefore, asked them to serve the country well by being patriotic and loyal.
2. Morale of the Nigerian soldiers
In order to have a successful tenure, President Buhari charged the service chiefs to be concerned about the morale of their officers and men.
He said the officers should be made to feel physically and professionally secure.
3. Keeping his administration's promises have not been easy
The president admitted that it has not been easy keeping his promises to secure the country, revive the economy, and fight corruption.
He, however, said progress has been made.
4. Promise to assist the service chiefs
President Buhari also assured the new service chiefs that he would ensure he provides them with necessary tools they will need so that Nigerians can appreciate their efforts.
He said he will also help them spiritually by praying for them.
Nigerians' reaction to Buhari's statement
Mb Saleh commented on Facebook:
"So finally the government has admitted that the promises made on security, economy and fight against corruption have not been delivered?"
Sunday Atsen Ezekiel said:
"Hope they will bring a new tactical approach to the problem of insurgency bedeviling our country without any bias and they will live up to expectations of Nigerians as they are been saddled with this responsibility."
BREAKING: Buhari meets with newly appointed service chiefs in Aso Villa, read his first message to them (photos)
Ahmed Kaugama said:
"The country needs their services to secure the ground. May God help us"
Shehu D. Malam Ganganian said:
"I wish them good luck and I hope they will do the needful in tackling the Insecurity in the country!"
Ubong Udofia said:
"They should go in there and make a difference"
Meanwhile, the presidency has finally lifted the lids on the appointment of the new service chiefs, saying the decision was based on the need to rejig the security structure of the country.
Presidential aide, Adesina, made this revelation on Tuesday, January 26.
Adesina said President Buhari felt it was time to appoint new service chiefs, hence the decision to bring in new men with fresh ideas and strategy.