Finally Buhari Succumb to Pressure Sacks Service Chiefs, Make New Appointments
The immediate resignation of the service chiefs was accepted by President Muhammadu Buhari and new officers were appointed as replacements.
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Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defense Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff, are the new Chiefs of Service.
This was announced on Tuesday by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, who noted that the Chiefs of Service have also withdrawn from service.
Those involved are General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Defense Staff; Lt-Gen., Chief of Army Staff; Tukur Buratai; Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of the Naval Staff; and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, Chief of the Air Staff.
The outgoing Service Chiefs were appreciated by President Buhari for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts to bring lasting peace to our beloved country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.
He congratulated the new Chiefs of Service and urged them to be loyal and dedicated to fulfilling their duties.
After several demands by Nigerians calling for the removal of the service chiefs and the rejig of the military apparatus of Nigeria, the President’s move follows security challenges facing the nation.
Calls to remove Service Chiefs-
President Buhari’s replacement of the Service Chiefs comes after numerous calls for their sacking over the country’s increasing insecurity.
The Nigerian Senate had called on the service chiefs as far back as July to step aside.
After 43 farmers were killed in Zabarmari, Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists, the Senate reiterated its call in December.
In an interview with Channels Television, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau stressed that the President violated the law by keeping the Service Chiefs, who had been in their positions since 2015.
“The president breaks the law, the law says you have to go if you’re 60, it’s automatic,” Shekarau said.
When you’re in service for 35 years, you have to go. In fact, they are not Mr. President’s employees, they are the employees of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and there is a rule.
Members of the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, have also serially called for the top military officials to be replaced.
The Presidency had said President Muhammadu Buhari would make the decision when “the time is right.”
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