President Goodluck Jonathan has decorated the Chief of Defence Staff and service chiefs with their new ranks charging them that there will be no more sleep for both the security chiefs and himself until the people in the North eastern part of the country can now sleep without fear of attacks from terrorist sect, Boko Haram.
The President was assisted in the decoration of by Vice President Namadi Sambo and the spouses of the decorated officers. After saluting the President the decorated officers in turn saluted their spouses amidst applause and cheers from Mr. President and all present at the Council Chambers.
The decorated officers are, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal, Adesola Amosu.
The erstwhile Chief of Air Staff, Badeh took over from Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim, while Minimah replaced Lt.-General Azubike Ihejirika, Jibrin replaced over from Vice Admiral Dele Joseph Ezeoba and Amosu replaced the baton Badeh who is the third Chief of Air Staff, to be named Chief of Defence Staff, after Paul Dike and Oluseye Patinrin.
President Jonathan said he was torn between congratulating the new Service Chiefs and sympathizing with them because this was indeed hard times in the face of security challenges but assured them of federal government’s continous support to ensure that they will not fail the country.
The President also commended the spouses for their support to their husbands, noting that it was not easy to be married to such men.