He was quoted as saying, "There's nothing I can tell you about the service, because you are in it".
"You know the stage we were in 2015, you know the stage we are now, and the undertakings we made".
Northern Elders' Forum has warned Nigerians not to expect any dramatic change in the security situation in the country with the appointment of new security chiefs.
President Muhammadu Buhari has told the new service chiefs that the country is in a state of emergency, urging them to be patriotic and serve well.
Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen.
The Director, Publicity and Advocacy for the forum, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, urged the President to hold service chiefs and senior commanders accountable for successes and failures.
His words: "We're in a state of emergency".
After much pressure from Nigerians for the President to bring in fresh hands to pilot the country's anti-terrorism war especially against Boko Haram in the North-East, Buhari announced the appointment of four new service chiefs on Tuesday.
The then Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai, had given Attahiru 40 days to capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive.
He said, "The style of the president is to call for service records".
He also appointed new hands to take over the batons of piloting the security affairs of the country.
Femi Adesina stated that President Buhari can appoint whoever he feels is fit and will deliver the job accurately.
Leo Irabor was named to the powerful Chief of Defence Staff post, which oversees the main military branches, the presidency spokesman said, while I. Attahiru, A. Gambo and I. Amao would command the army, navy and air force respectively.
"Appointments that are subject to federal character would be done accordingly and those that are subject to the prerogative of the president, he would do it according to his prerogative".