- The Northern Elders Forum is cautious about over-celebrating the appointment of new service chiefs by the president
- The forum noted that the appointment does not automatically mean the insecurity challenges of the nation are over
- The group also advised the presidency on how to go about resolving the recent crisis in the southwest region of the country
Northern Elders Forum (NEF) on Wednesday, January 27 declared that the appointment of the new service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari would not automatically end the security challenges in the country.
The NEF made its stance known in a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by its spokesman, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed.
Part of the statement read:
“We warn the nation not to be misled into thinking that these changes will dramatically change the nation’s fortunes in its fight against multiple security threats.
“President Buhari must reduce his distance from defence and security matters, and hold the service chiefs and senior commanders accountable for successes and failures.”
The NEF also advised the president to summon a meeting of governors and security chiefs to de-escalate the recent tension in the southwest region of the country.
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Major-General Irabor on his appointment as Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by his spokesman, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, Okowa said that the sacrifices of the new Defence chief towards peace and progress of the nation, especially his acknowledged gallantry at assignments, were outstanding.
He thanked Buhari for appointing an illustrious son of Delta state into the exalted position of CDS, and said that it was an elevated responsibility given to a deserving officer.
In a related development, the Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance and Transparency (CCSGGGT) on Wednesday, January 27, called on President Buhari to honour the outgoing service chiefs with meritorious awards.
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).