President Muhammadu Buhari, in a meeting with service chiefs on Tuesday, said his regime has not had an easy time keeping the promises it made in 2015.

According to a statement by Adesina, the president urged the service chiefs to be patriotic, saying the country was in dire straits.

The statement quoted the president as saying, “We are in a state of emergency. Be patriotic, serve the country well because your loyalty is to the country.

“You know the stage we were at in 2015, you know the stage we are at now and the commitments we have made.

“We promised to secure the country, revive the economy and fight corruption. None of this has been easy, but we have certainly made progress.”

At the end of the meeting, Irabor, in an interview with State House correspondents, said Buhari told them that Nigerians’ expectations were high and they must do everything possible to meet them.

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Punch reports that the North Central Governors Forum has called on the new armed forces chiefs to come up with new strategies that will adequately address the security challenges that have bedevilled the region and the country.

The chairman of the forum, Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, made the call in a statement on Wednesday while commending the appointment of the new service chiefs, describing it as a noble decision by the president.

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For its part, the Borno Concern Citizens Forum hailed the removal of the former chiefs as timely and long overdue.

One of its leaders, Zanna Boguma, told the PUNCH that the former service chiefs, whose appointments were celebrated because they were earned in 2015, suddenly became unpopular because of degeneration in the country’s security, especially in the northeast.