Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, has said the service chiefs appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari have not disappointed Nigerians.
He said while welcoming Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff, to the Nigerian Army Super Camp Four, Fasakari, Katsina State.
Olanisakin was at the camp on an operational visit to assess how troops in the newly formed exercise, Sahel Sanity, were faring.
Buratai said a few days after the exercise was launched, troops began tackling banditry and other criminal activities in the north-west.
“Exactly five years ago, I was in Ndjamena, Chad Republic, when I heard the announcement of General Olanisakin as the Chief of Defence Staff as well as my own appointment as Chief of Army Staff. We are grateful to Almighty God for giving us good health to lead the armed forces,” he said.
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“It is a thing of joy to say that we are quite grateful to the president and commander-in-chief of armed forces for this honour, and assure you that we have not disappointed President Muhammadu Buhari in carrying out our responsibilities. We have not disappointed Nigerians.”
The service chiefs have come under fire for the security challenges in different zones of the country, particularly terrorism and banditry in the north.
Buhari had in a meeting in June warned the service chiefs to do more as excuses would not be tolerated.
On Monday, Boko Haram fighters attacked the 333 Artillery Barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.