President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the newly decorated service chiefs to secure Nigeria within few weeks following the surge in kidnappings, banditry and other criminal activities.
Buhari expressed optimism that the security level would have improved before the rainy season since most farmers fled their farms over the attacks by unknown gunmen.
He gave the directive while decorating the service chiefs with their new ranks at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The President advised them to spot competent officers, deploy them to comb the crime hotspots across the country.
He added, “During our four-hour security meeting, I have taken the responsibility as the Commander-in-Chief for you to go out into the field and secure the country.
“I have accepted responsibility for your action on the field. It is up to you to identify your competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualification and deploy them to make sure that we secure this country.
“You have got a few weeks to do that because, by the rainy season, we expect people to develop confidence and go back to the land so that we don’t get into trouble by being away from the field and therefore unable to produce enough food for the nation.”
Buhari on Friday decorated the new service chiefs after the National Assembly confirmed their nominations at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The newly decorated service chiefs include the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amoo; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo.