President Goodluck Jonathan has charged the new service chiefs to end piracy, oil theft and flush out criminals that have besieged the maritime sector within a short time to justify their appointments.
The new military chiefs had assumed duties Monday after change of guards were successfully carried out at the Defence, Naval and Air Force Headquarters apart from the Army headquarters which Service Chief, Lt-Gen Azuhuike Ihejirika retained his position.
They were also duly promoted and decorated to their new ranks by Jonathan including the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, who was elevated from the rank of Vice Admiral, Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba promoted from the rank of Read Admiral and the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshall Alex Badeh.
After taking the flag of office from the immediate past CDS, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin (rtd), Ibrahim promised to be a team player, able to carry others along in dealing with the emerging security issues in the country.
He noted that the issue of National Security is a serious business to be left in the hands of a few and would therefore need collective input of all the service chiefs and military personal.
“Now the business of National Security is a serious business to be left to the hands of a few. No leader can rise above the collective intellect of the group,” he said.
Also, the CDS while handing over to the new Naval Chief, declared war on oil theft, bunkering, and piracy, which he said is causing embarrassment to the Presidency.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the new CDS tasked his successor in office to rise up to the challenge of the criminalities in the sector as ordered by the President while reminding him that the task is their joint responsibility to restore the glory and integrity of the Navy.
Article and image courtesy of This Day Live.