The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, has dismissed proposals for President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint a South East as his next Chief of Army Staff, COAS.
National President Yerima Shettima, speaking with our correspondent AYCF, discounted the idea of the next COAS coming from the Southeast, citing what he called “nonsense” from the region.
According to Shettima, Buhari reserves the right to pick a COAS who is devoted to working with him.
Following the death of Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru, in an air disaster on Friday, numerous Nigerians on social media proposed that the new Army Chief should come from the Southeast.
“Appointing a Chief of Army Staff is at the discretion of the President, and people should quit blackmailing him,” Shettima remarked.
“It is completely the president’s job to choose who is loyal and capable of providing him with what he desires. So, let’s put an end to the rumours and blackmail that the next Chief of Army Staff should go to the Southeast to deal with the foolishness that’s going on there.”
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Yerima Shettima stated that the new Army Chief must be zealous and determined to stop Nigeria’s insecurity.
He stated that the incoming COAS must be committed to achieving long-term peace in the country.
“We hope whoever succeeds Attahiru has the same energy, earnestness, and drive to bring a lasting peace to this country,” Shettima said.
“His replacement should be able to replace the criminality that is currently taking place because some of us believe that no one could have predicted that the Nigerian Armed Forces, which are well-known across the globe, would be overpowered by these criminals.
“There is a conspiracy idea surrounding this, but time will reveal it because this is a constitutionally governed country that must adhere to the rule of law.
“We are not in a Banana Republic where anything may happen and anybody may ask whatever question they want.
Meanwhile, Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance (CAGG) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari on the appointment of a new Chief of Army Staff.
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