Women journalists under the umbrella of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) on Wednesday said Nigerians were waiting for positive results from the new Service Chiefs in the country.
The organization made this disclosure while reacting to the appointment of new security chiefs by President Muhamadu Buhari.
It was gathered that Buhari yesterday appointed a new Chief of Defence Staff and other heads of the Navy, Army and Air Force.
NAWOJ National President, Ladi Bala in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of the Service Chiefs.
Bala while welcoming the resignation of the former service chiefs and the appointment of the new ones, expressed hope that the development is a move towards the total overhaul of the nation’s security architecture to safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians.
She said there was a need for the federal government to provide the necessary logistics, weaponry and needed equipment as well as enhanced welfare to boost the morale of personnel in the renewed efforts towards the fight against insurgency, armed banditry, kidnappings and other related criminal activities confronting the country.
She said, “The Association equally calls on the newly appointed service chiefs to come up with new strategies in contending the rising security challenges that are threatening the peace of the nation.
“NAWOJ said that it is sad and unhealthy to note that at the centre of all the security crisis bedevilling Nigeria, women are the worse hit, a situation that requires urgent attention that needs to be addressed saying that no nation can develop when the destiny of more than half of its population made up of women and children is under severe threat.
“Towards this end, NAWOJ tasks the new service chiefs to bear in mind the expectations of Nigerians, thus must live above board in the discharge of their new assigned responsibilities.
“The new service chiefs need not be reminded that their appointments came on the heels of an unacceptable spike in criminal activities particularly insurgency, banditry and kidnappings across the country.
“NAWOJ said that it looks forward in the coming weeks to a drastic reduction to the barest minimum, the general insecurity in the country through innovative and deployment of required actions to guarantee the safety of Nigerians and Nigeria.
“NAWOJ also commends the contribution of the immediate past chiefs who put in their best to keep the country from collapse and wishes them a peaceful retirement life after years of meritorious service to the country.
“NAWOJ equally appeals to Nigerians to cooperate and give necessary support to the new service chiefs and other security agencies in the effort towards winning the war against insecurity in the country. Nigeria is ours. Let’s protect our father’s land.”
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