*says Nigerians are awaiting positive results
By;BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) on Wednesday tasked all the newly appointed Service Chiefs in the country to come up with new strategies in contending the rising security challenges threatening the peace of the nation.
NAWOJ in a statement signed by its National President, Mrs Ladi Bala lauded President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of the new Service Chiefs .
The association emphasized that the appointment of the new Service Chiefs will no doubt boost the fight against insecurity and other criminal activities threatening the survival of the country.
According to NAWOJ in the statement, “the new Service Chiefs need not be reminded that their appointments came on a heel of unacceptable spike in criminal activities particularly insurgency, banditry and kidnappings across the country”.
” 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 that needs to be addressed. 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.
The association added, “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.
Emphasizing that more than just replacement of the Service Chiefs, the association pointed out that “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.”
It then stressed 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.”
Welcoming the resignation of the former Service Chiefs and appointment of new ones by Mr President, it expressed the 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.
Commending the contribution of the immediate past Service 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, the association urged “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.”, saying, “Nigeria is ours. Let’s protect our father’s land.”