Gov Wike, who called for change of service chiefs, hails Buhari for effecting the changes


* But urges the new chiefs not to politicize security

By Codratus Godson
Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State who about one week ago called for the removal of service chiefs, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing new chiefs for the country.

Gov Wike had during the armed forces day remembrance ceremonies in Port Harcourt advised the Commander-In-Chief (President Buhari), to remove the chiefs and introduce fresh blood for new ideas. Many had wondered if the security system is run in such a way that each officer had his own ideas that could only come into use only when such an officer was made service chief. They said they expected a common strategy pool for ideas.

Now, Wike noted that even though the appointments came late, the President should be commended for listening to the voice of the people.

He challenged the new appointees to see their appointments as an opportunity to re-engineer the nation’s security architecture which has suffered tremendous setback in the last five years.

“The new Service Chiefs should not politicise security by aligning with politicians.

“What the country needs now is competence and professionalism that will reduce insecurity to the barest minimum”, he stated.

Governor Wike noted that Nigerians who lost confidence in the former Service Chiefs are looking up to the new appointees to make the desired change.

He called on all levels of government to give the Service Chiefs the needed support they would require to execute their assignments.

“This is an opportunity to serve the nation and I believe that the Service Chiefs will be focused and dedicated”, he added.