Presidency has said the clamor for the sacking of service chiefs is “out of place”.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari Explains further that the prerogative to appoint or sack any of the country’s service chiefs is within the pour-view of the president while he keeps the service chiefs as long as he is satisfied with their performance.
Shehu made this disclosure while answering question yesterday in a news platform on Arise Television Broadcast station monitored by urban Express News Online.
Many Nigerians, including meddle belt forum, PANDEF, calling on President Buhari to rejig the security architecture allowing for fresh ideas that may bring another approach to finding a lasting solution to the challenges of security across the country before the killing of 43 rice farmers at Zambarmari in Jere local Government in Borno that has equally sparked a fresh call for the sacking of service chiefs
Continuing, the presidential spokesman said he is not aware that the tenure of service chiefs is subjected to any law or regulation that is clearly stated.
“They serve at the pleasure of the president and (if) the president is satisfied with their performance, he keeps them, the buck stops on his table —with due respect to the feelings of Nigerians”, he said
“The clamor for the sack is out of place considering that the president is not subject to the opinion of opposition political party which has clamored for this all the time. It is entirely his own determination; he decides who he keeps as his service chiefs and for how long.”
Meanwhile the Senate has again join those requesting president mohammadu Buhari to sack service chiefs over what it describes as their failure to secure Nigerians
The Senate decision, which is the third it would pass this year, followed a motion by Senator Kashim Shettima on the recent killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents.
The Senate asked Buhari to replace the security chiefs with new ones “immediately”.
The red chamber also asked Buhari to restructure and remodel the nation’s security architecture.
Apart from that, the chamber demanded a probe into the allegations of corruption and financial leakage levelled against some top hierarchy of the military.
The Senate asked Buhari to aggressively negotiate with the nation’s neighbouring countries for multinational cooperation in order to strengthen the war against insurgency.
It directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, NEMA and NEDC to provide succour and psychological support for the families of the victims.
It also sought proper welfare for soldiers at the war front and proper resettlement and support for the families of the fallen soldiers.