KADUNA, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Tuesday welcomed the appointments of new Service Chiefs and urged them to hit the ground running.
The Governor also expressed gratitude to the outgoing ones particularly the Chiefs of Army, and Air Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, and Air Marshall Abubakar Sadique, whom the State Government had worked closely with in the fight against Boko Haram.
Addressing journalists in Maiduguri on his reactio; Zulum, said both General Leo Irabor the new Chief of Defence Staff and General Attahiru, the COAS; have worked in Borno state as Theatre Commanders of Operation Lafiya Dole, and knows the all issues, he is sure they will hit the ground running.
President Muhammadu Buhari, had on Tuesday afternoon said he has accepted the resignation of his (now retired) Service Chiefs, and had appointed Major General Leo Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo as Chief of Naval Stafff and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao as the Chief of Air Staff.
“The outgoing Service Chiefs have been with us in the last six years, and during these eventful and challenging years, they immensely contributed to ongoing peace building efforts through the fight against Boko Haram, and they helped greatly in other developmental efforts.
“Our rebuilding and resettlement efforts are only possible because of the combined efforts of Lieutenant General Buratai as COAS, Air Marshall Sadique as Chief of Air Staff. Of course with so much contributions from other service chiefs, intelligence bodies, police, paramilitary and volunteers.
“We can’t ignore these huge contributions, but then, as we all know, everything has an appointed time, we thank all the outgoing service chiefs for their contributions and we wish them the best in future endeavors.
“As for the incoming , especially, Gen. Leo Irabor who is Chief of Defence Staff and General Attahiru, the COAS, both of them have worked here in Borno as theatre commanders of operation Lafiya Dole, they know all the issues and I am sure they will hit the ground running.
“The Borno State Government will accord them the same maximum support we gave their predecessors, and we will continue to play our own roles in supporting the military with logistics as we have been regularly doing.
“We will sustain our mobilization of communities for intelligence gathering, funding operations of thousands of volunteers, praying for our troops and volunteers in front lines and supporting their families as we have been doing,” he said.