Calls Intensify for Buhari to Sack Security Chiefs
The Nigerian Senate, the House of Representatives, regional groups and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have continued to demand that President Muhammadu Buhari sacks his service chiefs who they say had overstayed their tenure and have nothing to give but needless excuses.
The service chiefs include: the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar.
Saturday’s heartless killing of 43 Nigerian farmers in Borno State made the call for the sack of the security chiefs more intense across Nigeria.
Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, said on a television programme on Monday that “It is entirely his (Buhari’s) determination; he decides who he keeps as his service chiefs and for how long.
He also said “I am 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 at his table.”
Legal minds have said Shehu’s position in this regard was correct, even though it smacks of what they called ‘legal fetishism’ which they said is unreserved and undue tenacity to legal provisions in the face of other practical variables.
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