President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the service chiefs to guarantee security before the start of the rainy season to enable farmers go back to their farms.
President Buhari, gave the order at the presidential villa Abuja on Friday, during a ceremony to decorate the new service chiefs with their ranks.
He said: “During our four-hour security meeting, on Tuesday, I had taken the responsibility as Commander-in-Chief for you to go out into the field and secure the country.
“You have got a few weeks to do that because by the rainy season, we expect people to develop confidence and go back to the land, so that we don’t get into trouble by being away from the field and therefore unable to produce enough food for the nation.”
Buhari told the service chiefs to see their appointment, clearance and decoration as a vote of confidence on them by the Nigerians, and assured them of his support to enable them succeed.
He said: “I have accepted responsibility for your actions in the field; it’s up to you to identify your competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualification and deploy them to make sure that we secure this country.
“We all look forward to you to perform and I as the Commander-in- Chief, I am backing you hundred per cent, and I expect you to effectively deploy your officers and men to secure the country.”