President Muhammadu Buhari has informed the new service chiefs that the country is in a state of emergency.

Buhari who appointed the new service chiefs following the resignation of the former ones urged them to be patriotic and serve well.

The President said this when he met with the new service chiefs at the presidential villa in Abuja on Wednesday.

He urged them to prioritize the morale of the officers in the fight against insecurity.

Presidential Aide,Femi Adesina quoting the President said he told the Service Chiefs that the country is in “in a state of emergency.”

“There’s nothing I can tell you about the service, because you are in it. I was also in it, and I will pray for you. I also assure you that whatever I can do as Commander-in-Chief will be done, so that the people will appreciate your efforts.”

“You know the stage we were in 2015, you know the stage we are now, and the undertakings we made. We promised to secure the country, revive the economy, and fight corruption. None has been easy, but we have certainly made progress,” Buhari said.

Chief of defence staff, Lucky Irabor speaking to newsmen said the president told them about the expectations of Nigerians on the issue of security, saying they will work collectively to achieve them.

“The message from the president is that we, knowing the current security environment, must do everything possible to add value to the security disposition and the expectations are high and that we are quite mindful of that expectations. So, we collectively will work to achieve that,” he said.

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