Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for sacking the service chiefs and appointing new ones.
Wike in a statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said though the appointment was belated, it shows the President was listening to calls for their sack.
The Governor said 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 a tremendous setback in the last five years.
The statement reads, “The new Service Chiefs should not politicize security by aligning with politicians.
What the country needs now is competence and professionalism that will reduce insecurity to the barest minimum.”
Wike noted that Nigerians lost confidence in the former Service Chiefs and are looking up to the new appointees to make the desired change and called on all levels of government to give the new appointees 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,” the statement added.
In a similar vein, spokesman of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, in a statement welcomes the appointment of the new Service Chiefs and the sacking of their predecessors, saying the sacking was long overdue.