Written by Sanni Onogu, Abuja
Service chiefs on Tuesday voiced readiness to end insecurity in the country.
In a letter dated January 27, 2021, President Muhammad Bukhari forwarded the nomination of military chiefs to the Senate for confirmation.
These are Major General Lucky Eluonye lrabor – Chief of Defense Staff (CDS); Major General Ibrahim Attahiru – Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS); Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo – Chief of Naval Staff (CNS); and Air Deputy Isiaka O. Amao – Chief of Air Staff (CAS).
Candidates for chiefs of services spoke when they appeared before a joint Senate committee on defense, the army, navy and air force chaired by Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko for the screening.
They have pledged to ensure that insecurity becomes a thing of the past in the country.
The new CDS Irabor said that the mandate of President Buhari was very clear to him and his colleagues, assuring him that he would carry out the main mandate.
“I have a lot of experience as a commissioner of the Nigerian army. I have had experiences in both operational and teaching and field experiences and I hope that in the joint interaction you will see more of what we could provide in a way that Nigerians will be happy, ”Irabor said.
For his part, the COAS nominee, Major General Attahira, assured the council that, if confirmed, he would provide real leadership to the Nigerian army and relocate it.
“My vision is to redirect it to professionalism, to defeat all opponents in a common environment.
“Furthermore, let me assure you that I will do whatever it takes to work diligently with other service chiefs to end the security challenges in the country,” Attahiru said.
Also nominated for the CNS, Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo said his vision is to harness all the factors to reactivate the Nigerian Navy in meeting national security goals.
For his part, CAS candidate, AVM Isiaka Amao, has vowed not to let the country down.
“In my resume you can see that I have experience with holding this meeting.
“I want to promise not to betray the Nigerian people and I will do my best with the coordination of my colleagues to ensure that the security situation in the country remains a thing of the past,” Amoo said.
The Joint Committee later entered the closed door to continue the screening.