President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday pleaded with the Service Chiefs to team up with other stakeholders to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the country within three months.
He gave the directive during the service chiefs’ swearing in ceremony and official decoration with their new ranks at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Those decorated are – Major-Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin (Chief of Defence Staff), Major-Gen. T.Y. Buratai (Chief of Army Staff), Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff) and Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff).
President Buhari urged them to fashion out strategies to defeat the jihadists in next three months.
He said: “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 up and continue to team up with other stakeholders to come up with a well coordinated joint efforts which will bring a desired end to this insurgency within three months.
“In the course of carrying out this assignment you must be accountable for all men and equipment placed under your command. Your troops
welfare must be uppermost in your mind, take care of them and make available what is due to them.
“Concerted efforts should also be made to ensure judicious use of resources that are available to you in the search for solution to these challenges.
“On our own part we shall be ready to give you the needed resources to achieve this feat. You will recall I have been to several countries with the sole aim of canvassing for global support to eliminate terrorism from Nigeria.”