The newly appointed service heads have been asked by President Bola Tinubu to collaborate as a team, adding that there is work to be done.
In his first meeting with the new service chiefs and National Security Advisor (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu since their appointments on June 19, 2023, Tinubu made the comment on Monday.
The NSA later disclosed to State House Correspondents that during the meeting, the President gave the service chiefs assurances of his steadfast support.
In addition to pledging their allegiance to the President and Nigerians, the service chiefs, according to Ribadu, also reaffirmed their dedication to working nonstop to keep the nation safe.
Ribadu said, “We are here to thank Mr. President for the opportunity he gave us to serve our country and to serve his own government. We also pledged our loyalty to him, to Nigeria and Nigerians.
“We believe that the choice he made is the right one, the correct one; and we know what he wants for this country. We are going to work tirelessly to ensure that we accomplish that objective of securing our country, establishing peace, stability and let’s get our lives back.”
The NSA, who is a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said although the task ahead is a big one, it would be done.
“Where we are today, and you can see already, things are improving in our country. If you see, the record of crimes and activities of criminals are going down; it will continue to go down. We’ll secure this place,” he said.
“Nigerians have seen the quality of the people that are given the opportunity. They are probably some of the best we have and they are not going to fail you, they’ll certainly deliver.”
The Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. Gen. C.G. Musa; the Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen T. A. Lagbaja; the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral E. A. Ogalla; and the Chief of Air Staff, AVM H. B. Abubakar, were at the meeting.
The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun was also present at the security meeting.