- Defense Headquarters says Nigeria's service chiefs are going nowhere unless President Muhammadu Buhari wills it
- DHQ spokesperson Brigadier-General Nwachukwu said the service cannot even resign their appointments.
- Nwachukwu also clarified that the Armed Forces conditions of service say the president can choose to keep on a service chief no matter his age or years in service
Hopes of critics eager to see the service chiefs leave office have been dashed by the Defense Headquarters (DHQ) which confirmed that the military officers can only be removed by the president of the federation.
DHQ spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu, made the clarification in an interview he granted Daily Trust newspaper which was published on Sunday, February 2.
According to Nwachukwu, the service chiefs can only be removed by President Muhammadu Buhari. He explained that since their appointments, they are no longer controlled by the Nigerian Armed Forces but the country's number one citizen.
He noted also that the extension of their appointments was at the discretion of the president, who is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces.
"The foregoing notwithstanding, the president, Commander in Chief reserves the prerogative to extend the period of the CDs or service chiefs irrespective of his age or length of service”. This is my submission."
Nwachukwu dashed critics' hopes further by explaining that the service chiefs cannot even resign their appointments.
"Service chiefs did not appoint themselves, they were appointed by the Commander in Chief, I think I need to reiterate that.
"The armed forces does not appoint service chiefs, the service chiefs did not appoint themselves, not even the Ministry of Defence has that prerogative, it is solely the prerogative of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."
Legit.ng notes that Nwachukwu's interview came just days after the House of Representatives demanded the resignation of the service chiefs over the insecurity facing the country.
The lower chamber disclosed this during plenary on Wednesday, January 29. Channels TV reports that Abubakar Fulata had informed the House that the service chiefs had outlived their usefulness.
He argued that it is not right to keep the service chiefs who have failed to deliver and expect them to do something different in the long run.
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