In what might be a declaration of his resolve to justify his appointment, the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Air Marshal Alexander Sabundu Badeh, has assured Nigerians that the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeastern part of the country will be brought to an end by April.
Badeh made the declaration on Monday shortly after he took over the mantle of leadership from Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim as CDS.
He said, “The security situation in the northeast must be brought to a complete stop before April 2014. Substantial progress has been recorded in the war against the insurgents.
“We must bring it (insurgency) to a stop before April so that we will not have constitutional problems on our hands”.
Admiral Ola Ibrahim handed over to Air Marshal Badeh who was elevated from Chief of the Air Staff to the CDS.
Earlier, the outgoing Chief of Defence Staff, Adm. Ola Ibrahim, said that the country expected the armed forces to discharge their duty with honour, integrity and irreproachable goodwill.
Ibrahim emphasised the need for the armed forces to help the country’s democracy to grow and not to act in any way to undermine it.
“These are challenging times for the armed forces of the federation; we have learnt a lot of lessons managing crises in the North-East and elsewhere in the North-Central.
“Like I often say, by these experiences, our armed forces will come out of these challenges stronger and I pray your team will draw from all these experiences.
“Let me quickly pray that the cooperation I enjoyed from the outgoing service chiefs will be extended by this group of service chiefs to my successor”.