President Goodluck Jonathan Friday held an emergency meeting with Service Chiefs over the latest Boko Haram’s attacks in Bama, Borno State and other security issues in the country.
Before decorating the 48 newly promoted Major Generals in the Army, Navy and Air Force yesterday, he attended the meeting with the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar at the Command Officers’ Mess, Asokoro Abuja.
He noted that the nation was going through trying times and demanded all hands to be on deck in order to ensure the protection of lives and property in the country.
The President charged the newly promoted officers to go the extra mile to justify their new positions.
He said: “It is a very challenging moment. I remember when I came in, I had a meeting with the Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police because what happened in Bama . It is a very challenging period in this country and we expected, as we say that those who more is given, more is expected.”
“For those of you who have been so decorated as full two-star Generals, we expect that you will bring your experience to bear. We must work together as a team to make sure that the armed forces are able to protect lives and property of Nigerians. If we cannot do that, the reputation of the country will continue to go down.
“A number of issues are being raised in the media, there is so much of challenge in the Armed a Forces and other security agencies in the country. All of us collectively must stand up for our own responsibilities and go the extra mile to see that as a nation, we overcome these challenges,” he noted
“It is not easy to wear two stars. It is almost the terminal position in the armed forces. Any other one is by the grace of God. To be so decorated as a two-star General, you must have passed through storms, endured several winters. Your wife must have also been well baked to survive this period.” He said