The newly-appointed and confirmed Service Chiefs, on Monday, pledged the loyalty of the Nigerian Armed Forces to the government, saying, “We will go wherever we are ordered, whether by air, sea or land. We will ensure that Nigeria is projected in good light.”
They made the pledge shortly after being decorated with their new ranks by President Bola Tinubu at the ceremony that took place at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The new Service Chiefs, whose nominations were confirmed by the Senate on July 13, are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla.
Speaking on their behalf after being decorated, the CDS, Musa, expressed their commitment to safeguarding the security and defence of the nation in their respective positions.
“Our appointment is a clear manifestation of the confidence reposed in us and recognition of our humble abilities to deliver for our dear nation. We pledge to carry out our duties with utmost dedication and full loyalty,” he said.
Earlier, the President said the efforts of the new Service Chiefs in the past six weeks since their appointment had yielded positive results in Nigeria’s security dynamics.
He, therefore, urged them to maintain teamwork to ensure peace and stability in the country.
“We have seen that we are recording positive results in our security challenges because of your dedication, commitment and steadfastness,” Tinubu stated.
The President, while emphasising the importance of honest service to the nation, said his administration was working hard to solve the current economic challenges facing Nigerians.
“We are committed to serving you and not to rule over you,” Tinubu said.