- President Buhari has been praised again for choosing new service chiefs
- The commendation was given by Kashim Shettima, a former Borno governor
- Shettima said the president made a very wise move by picking these security heads for the daunting tasks
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A former Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari made a well-informed decision in his choice of new service chiefs.
Shettima, on Thursday, January 28, claimed that this set of national security heads will eventually win the war against terrorism in the country provided it gets the needed support and cooperation from citizens, The Cable reports.
The senator representing Borno Central said having had sound knowledge of the proficiency of each of the new service chiefs, he is optimistic that they will end the reign of Boko Haram, especially in the state.
The senator said:
"I have interacted with some of them and I can attest to the character and professionalism. General Leo Irabor (the chief of defence staff), is one of the finest officers the Nigerian army has produced in recent times.
“Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, who is the chief of naval staff, had served here in Borno and so has general Ibrahim Attahiru (the new chief of army staff), who was also in Borno for a brief period..."
He added that the president's aim of choosing the service chiefs is majorly to get a decisive victory over insecurity which is fast becoming a national menace.
The former governor went on to state clearly that the call for the removal of the former service chiefs is nothing personal since he had strong relationships with most of them even before their appointment.
Meanwhile, the presidency 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.
Femi Adesina, a media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, made this revelation on Tuesday, January 26.
Adesina said Buhari felt it was time to appoint new service chiefs, hence the decision to bring in new men with fresh ideas and strategy.