Air Marshall Alex Badeh has been sworn in as Nigeria’s new chief of defense staff.
Air Marshall Alex Badeh was sworn in in the capital Abuja on Monday, just days after President Goodluck Jonathan dismissed the heads of the army, navy and air force.
Badeh had called for a swift end to the fighting in the north of the country.
The Nigerian president has not given any explanations for the dismissals, but there have been suggestions that the president was dissatisfied with their performance.
After his inauguration ceremony, Badeh said, “The security situation in the northeast must be brought to a complete stop before April 2014.” 
Badeh set the deadline to avoid what he said were “constitutional problems,” as a current state of emergency in the northern parts of the country is up for nenewal in April.
“We don’t want to go back to the (upper chamber of parliament) senate to go and start begging and lobbying (for an extension to emergency rule),” Badeh stated.
Since May 2013, the three northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa have been under a state of emergency, after Jonathan ordered security forces to crush a rebellion by Boko Haram militant group.
Boko Haram says its aim is to topple the Nigerian government, which it accuses of being pro-Western. The group has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly gun and bomb attacks in various parts of Nigeria since 2009.
Over the past five years, violence in the north of Africa’s most populous country has claimed the lives of more than 3,600 people.