President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered new Service Chiefs to end the Boko Haram insurgency currently ravaging the North-Eastern part of the country within the next three months.
The president gave the ultimatum on Thursday in Abuja, while decorating the service chiefs with their new ranks in the Presidential Villa.
Buhari charged them to collaborate with other stakeholders to come up with a well-coordinated effort to meet the deadline, adding that while crushing the insurgents they must account for troops and equipment under their command.
He said: “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 effort 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 should be uppermost in your mind, take care of them and make available what is due to them.
“Concerted efforts should also be made to make judicious use of resources which are available to you in search for solutions to these challenges. On our own part, we shall be ready to give you the needed resources to achieve this feat. Get back to work and make Nigerians proud.’’
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin, who responded on behalf of his colleagues, assured the president that the service chiefs were ready for the task ahead.
According to him, the three months ultimatum given to them to end insurgency is a presidential order, which must be obeyed.
“We are already strategising on how to handle most of the challenges since we were appointed a month ago and, all these strategies, we have begun to put them in place.
“So, we just put more efforts to ensure that we achieve the desired objectives,’’ Olonishakin said.
The service chiefs and their new ranks are: General Abayomi Olonishakin, Chief of Defence Staff; Lt-General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff; Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff.