By Ibidapo Balogun
The new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Major-General Abayomi Olonisakin, yesterday took over the command of the Defence Headquarters as the former CDS, Air Chief Marshall Alex Bade handed over to him.
The handing over and taking over completed the process from the old to new helmsmen within the nation’s armed forces.
In his inaugural address as new CDS, Olonisakin said the armed forces would now set specific timelines and milestones to be achieved.
“We will set specific timelines and milestones to be achieved, look at the gaps in the ongoing efforts and do all the needful in support of government to address these gaps especially in the areas of achievable intelligence, logistics, communication and other critical areas,” he said.
He charged officers and men of the armed forces to increase their commitment, redouble their efforts in the defence of their fatherland and justice the confidence repose in them by President Buhari.
The new CDS said the nation’s armed forces would remain one of the “key enablers of our national security” and would continue to play prominent roles in support of government’s national security efforts.
Olonisakin said the nation’s armed forces have a rich history in performance of its constitutional roles of maintaining the corporate existence of Nigeria and defending its territorial integrity.
He spoke about the ongoing Boko Hram insurgency in the north-east and said that the Defence Headquarters would henceforth provide the necessary strategic leadership, direction and coordination of the military efforts.
Olonisakin commended Bade for his efforts and contributions to the armed forces while he was in charge as CDS.