President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he does not know any of the chiefs he appointed Monday.
The president said this while briefing the newly appointed service chiefs shortly after the announcment of their appointment at the State House in Abuja.
He urged them to rebuild the reputation of the armed forces and prove that they were appointed on merit as he had no previous relationship with any of them.
Buhari also asked them to show utmost commitment to their duties, saying their appointment was based on merit.
“All of you, including the national security adviser, were chosen on merit,” he said. “Your records gave you the job. Save for the new chief of army staff whom I briefly met at his command at the multi-national joint task force, in Chad, I don’t know any of you.
“Your records recommended you.
“Legally, you are in acting capacity until the national assembly accepts you.
“It is only then that you will take the oath of office. Thereafter, we will sit down and talk in more detail.”
He assured them that their nominations would be sent soon to the national assembly for confirmation.