The Nigeria Association of women Journalists (NAWOJ), has commendended President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of new set of Service Chiefs to boost the fight against insecurity and other criminal activities threatening the survival of the country.
The Association while welcoming the resignation of the former Service Chiefs and appointment of new ones by Buhari, expressed hope that the development is a move towards the total overhaul of the nation’s security architecture, with a view to safe guarding the lives and property of Nigerians.
In a statement signed by its National President, Ladi Bala, NAWOJ said that more than just the replacement of the Service Chiefs, there is the dire need for the federal government to provide the necessary logistics, weaponry, 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.
The Association equally called on the newly appointed Service Chiefs to come up with new strategies in contending with the rising security challenges that is threatening the peace of the nation.
“It is sad and unhealthy to note that at the center of all the security crisis bedeviling Nigeria, women are the worse hit, a situation that requires urgent attention because no nation can develop when the destiny of more than half of its population made up of women and children is under severe threat,” it said.
Towards this end, NAWOJ tasks the new Service Chiefs to bear in mind the expectations of Nigerians, adding that they must live above board in the discharge of their newly assigned responsibilities.
“The new Service Chiefs need not be reminded that their appointments came on the heel of unacceptable spike in criminal activities particularly insurgency, banditry and kidnappings across the country.
“We look forward 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 in the coming weeks,” NAWOJ said.
The Association also commended the contribution of the immediate past Service Chiefs who put in their best to keep the country from collapse and wished them a peaceful retirement life, after years of meritorious service to the country.
It appealed to Nigerians to cooperate and give necessary support to the new Service Chiefs and other security agencies in the ongoing efforts towards winning the war against insecurity in the country.
“Nigeria is ours. Let’s protect our father’s land,” NAWOJ added.