The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele and other Senators across party lines have hailed the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to remove Service Chiefs.
The Senators however urged the new Service Chiefs to commence work immediately by addressing security challenges facing the country.
Speaking with newsmen, the Senators across party line lauded the appointment of the new Service Chiefs.
Abaribe (PDP-Abia) said the appointment had been long awaited.
He said: “The appointment of new Service Chiefs is better late than never.
“We have been calling for this for a long time now.
“Let us hope that this team would stem the tide of insecurity.”
Bamidele said: “The decision by Service Chiefs to resign is a patriotic move.
“This is just one out of a number of steps needed to be taken to tackle insecurity.
“Insecurity is making life difficult.
“We should work on the morale of serving military officers so that they can pursue the war against banditry and Boko Haram very well.
“It is a step in right direction.
“Mr. President is working consistent with democractic principle and norm.”
Also, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe said: “It is a good news to Nigerians.
“They should be able to look on what is on ground and hit the ground running.”
Senator Ahmed Babba Kaita corroborated Abaribe’s claim, saying that the appointment was in response to the yearnings of Nigerians.
Kaita said: “It is in response to the yearnings of Nigerians and I believe we are all good for it.
“It is a very good development and I want to believe that we are going to see a consolidation of the progress made so far because as you are all aware, in the last two months, the military have been recording successes both in the fight against Boko Haram and kidnappings.
“We are very grateful for this development and we expect nothing less from the incoming personnel.
“We expect them to be ready to take over and consolidate on the security gains so far made.”
Senator Ifeanyi Ubah commended Buhari for the appointment of the Service Chiefs.
Ubah said: “I want to thank Mr. President for yielding to the cries of Nigerians.
“I believe every journey has an end.
“The relieved Service Chiefs have done very well within their own capacity and Nigerians have for long yearned for a change, which is one of the mantra of the current regime.
“It is only change that is permanent and having done this, I want to thank the President and as well plead with the incoming Service Chiefs to commit their new posting toward the wellbeing of Nigerians.
“We need to have a better security infrastructure in our country.”
Buhari on Tuesday appointed new Service Chiefs.
They are Major General L.E.O. Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and AVM Isiaka Amao, Chief of Air Staff.