- President Muhammadu Buhari says he accepts responsibility for the performance of service chiefs
- The president, who says their performance may have been disappointing, says he will continue to accept responsibility for not changing them
- President Buhari says it could be counterproductive to change service during war against insurgency
As the armed forces continue the war against insurgency, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he accepts responsibility for the performance of service chiefs, which he said may be disappointing.
Buhari, who said he would continue to accept responsibility for not changing the service chiefs, stated that changing service chiefs at a time the nation is fighting insurgency could be counterproductive, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that President Buhari, who made the statement in an interview aired on Arise TV, said would not make hasty decisions on some issues.
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He said: “While fighting insecurity, if you remove service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, if you don’t wait for an appropriate time to do it, then you create competition within the service.
“There are many ambitious people waiting within the service but only one man can be chief of army staff, only one man can be chief of air staff, only one man can be IG. Don’t forget that it was this administration that appointed them.
“I didn’t know them personally. I followed records and I think I picked the best. Of course, their performance may be disappointing but I accept responsibility for not changing them.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari declared that the root cause of Boko Haram insurgency was political in nature.
The president stated this on Monday, November 19, 2018, at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Air Force international air power seminar with the theme “Air Power in Irregular Warfare: A Framework for Understanding and Responding.
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According to the president, the political nature of the insurgency is the reason why ''successful counterinsurgency operations would therefore require unity of efforts across multiple ministries, departments and agencies covering political, economic, law enforcement, intelligence and of course the military, in what is popularly called whole of the nation approach."
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