Yusuf Umar, farmer, Sokoto: They should be more offensive with terrorists and bandits. They should take the fight to them, instead of waiting for them to attack before they react.
Habeeb Olalekan, businessman, Lagos: We expect the new Service Chiefs to synergize at charting new security architecture for our dear country, in tackling insurgency, banditry and kidnapping. We expect robust intelligent gathering and use of technology in battling and solving the security challenges.
Abdul Mohammed, civil servant, Kaduna: They should not allow pressure from politicians and critics to derail them from their constitutional responsibilities. They should focus on training and retraining their personnel, because that is the greatest asset of every military.
Woyegidandiye Bilkisu, lawyer, Bayelsa: They should learn from the mistakes of their predecessors. If they don’t have the capacity to tackle the problems, they should not be ashamed to get help from other countries.
Alhassan Mustapha, civil servant, Niger: They should be honest with the Commander-in-Chief about their challenges and avoid exaggerating their successes. All the services must work together in a manner devoid of “I pass my neighbor” mindset. I also think as a motivation, the government should review the salaries of service men upwards. They deserve it.
Alex Enemanna, media expert, Imo: The new service chiefs, especially General Luky Irabor, the new Chief of Defence Staff, and General Ibrahim Attahiru, the new Chief of Army Staff, having been tested in the battle field should do things differently.