- Sacks NPA MD, Ado Bayero, recalls predecessor
President Muhammadu Buhari has given the new military Service Chiefs a three-month ultimatum to defeat the Boko Haram terrorists who have brought the North-East zone to its knees.
The President gave the order yesterday when he swore-in the Service Chiefs at the State House in Abuja.
Buhari was joined by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the military officers’ spouses to decorate them with their new ranks inside the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.
He directed them to get back to work and make Nigeria proud, stressing that they must justify the honour given them by their elevation.
The President expressed confidence that the officers were equal to the task ahead of them because their appointments and subsequent elevations to the new ranks were based on merit and competence.
He said: “You are all aware of the various security challenges facing our nation. These challenges include the activities of Boko Haram terrorists, armed banditry, kidnapping and militancy of various forms, to mention a few.
“The activities of these misguided groups and individuals have resulted in wanton destruction of lives and property of our citizens and a disruption of social economic lives of millions of Nigerians.
“The increasing incidences of attacks and destruction perpetrated by these insurgents have led to the deployment of various instruments of national power in a bid to contain their activities and restoring law and order in every part of the country.
“Rightly, the armed forces have been in the vanguard of the fight against terrorism. While commending the efforts of the armed forces so far, you need to brace and continue to team up with other stakeholders to come up with a well-coordinated joint effort which will bring the desired end to these insurgencies within three months,” Buhari said.
The President said in the course of carrying out their assignment, the Service Chiefs must be accountable for all men and equipment placed under their command. He also directed them to make their troops’ welfare uppermost on their minds, adding that concerted efforts should also be made to make judicious use of resources which were available to them in the search for solution to the current security challenges.
Buhari said on his part, his administration was ready to give the military the needed resources to achieve the feat.
The President continued: “You will recall that I have been to several countries with the sole aim of canvassing for global support to eliminate terrorism from Nigeria. These efforts, which include establishment of the Multi-National Joint Taskforce, should be complemented by you. You should therefore re-professionalise your force and give your troops creditable training so that they can perform their job creditably.
“You should also ensure that they abide by the newly enforced rules and regulations of international standards while carrying out their tasks. In particular, you must protect innocent civilians in the theatre of conflicts. This, no doubt, will earn you the support of local communities and the respect of our allies and support of international community. Get back to work and make Nigerians proud,” he said.
The new Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, in his remarks, thanked God and Buhari for the honour done the service chiefs.
Olonishakin said he and his colleagues were prepared and committed to justify the confidence reposed in them by the President.
While promising the military’s unalloyed loyalty to the President and the country, he sought the support of Nigerians to make the task easier.
Other service chiefs sworn in by the President included Lt-General T.Y. Buratai-Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas-Chief of Naval Staff, and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar – Chief of Air Staff.
Buhari sacks NPA MD
Meanwhile, President Buhari has ordered the former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Habibu Abdullahi who was sacked by former President Goodluck Jonathan to return to his job.
Abdullahi was fired by Jonathan on April 29, a month before he left office and appointed Alhaji Sanusi Ado Bayero as the new NPA boss.
The removal of Bayero by Buhari was contained in a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina.
Buhari directed Bayero to immediately handover to his predecessor.
“The termination of Alhaji Bayero’s appointment is with immediate effect,” Adesina said.
He is to hand over the management of the NPA and all government property in his possession to Abdullahi.
President Buhari wished Bayero well in his future endeavours, Adesina said..