By: Babagana Bukar Wakil Ngala, Maiduguri
The news of the removal of Nigerias Service Chiefs and appointment of new on Tuesday afternoon came as a big development, for the people of Borno state.
To many, it was a big surprise, considering despite the series agitations and failed attempts to get President Muhammadu Buhari to replace the former service Chiefs over their perceived poor showing in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
Some were also of the opinion that the former service Chiefs were unable to improve on the lingering security situations in the state and neighbouring States and even countries of Niger, Chad and Cameroon Republics as the Boko Haram renewed attacks continued with manslaughter, abduction, kidnapping and banditry among other crimes much recently, including even attacks on the convoy of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State.
However, few residents of Maiduguri, the headquarter of the theater Command, Operation Lafiya Dole Tuesday immediately the news of appointment of new service chief was announced and the former service Chiefs were retired by President Buhari in a statement made available to the media by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
One Malam Haruna Shema Gomari said, As a resident of Maiduguri the know and see what General Buratai did and also know what General Ibrahim Attahiru did and even. General Lucky Irabor.
All of the have worked and served at the Operation Lafiya Dole Theater Command Haruna said they pray and are hopeful that the new hands will work like them and even better to restore peace permanently here in the state and even north east and Nigeria at large.
Another resident of Maiduguri, Alhaji Gambo Hausari said for him General Buratai has worked and tried. He also described as loyal to the President and a committed and dedicated officer.
Alhaji Gambo Hausari They also hope that the new officer taking over from Buratai will emulate him, work like him, fight the Boko Haram insurgents to a finish. May God help and guide them to success.
Musa Adam A commercial golf driver based in Maiduguri shuttling Maiduguri-Gwoza axis, Musa explains that they really received the news with joy and excitement. Although they are surprise with what the President Muhammadu did. He expressed hope that they stayed long overdue but God time is the best.