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Jonathan decorates new service chiefs, tasks them to secure Nigerians

By The Citizen


“None of you should sleep until Nigerians living in parts of the country currently under the siege of terrorists could sleep with their two eyes closed”, directed by President Goodluck Jonathan,  to the new service chiefs.

The President who spoke at the formal decorsyion of the new service chiefs directef that 'None of us will sleep till the Nigerians in Borno State can sleep. That is why I say today is not a moment for major statements.

'We will be having very fine talks from time to time, but definitely Nigerians will tell you what they expect from us, we must not fail this country and I believe this team will work together to be assisted by other intelligence services because the war against terror must be won in this country.'


Jonathan who said he did not know whether to congratulate or sympathise with the new service chiefs said the war against terror must be won, warning that they must not fail Nigerians.

Those who were decorated with their new ranks were: Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah; Chief of. Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu.

Badeh, in his vote of thanks, said while security challenges in the North East was surmountable, Nigerians must be ready to make sacrifices so that more resources could be channeled to the anti-terrorism war.

He said the military would  review and adopt more proactive measures to tackle those he described as enemies of the country.

He also promised that he would work hard ahead of the 2015 elections to ensure that normalcy is restored in affected places so that election can hold there.