- Ari Gwaska, a former Federal Character Commission chairman has said that President Buhari is emulating Donald Trump's type of leadership
- Gwaska said the service chiefs cannot be sacked because the president is following US lead on their tenure elongation to defeat terrorism
- According to Gwaska, the US and other top nations have adopted this strategy at different times to quench insurgency
A former chairman of the Federal Character Commission, Ari Gwaska, has condemned the call for the sack of Nigeria's service chief over growing insecurity in various regions of the country especially the north.
Speaking after an all-inclusive stakeholders meeting on the state of security in the country, Gwaska who is the national chairman of the Pro-Nigeria Elders Council (PRONECO) said he believes President Muhammadu Buhari is following United States of America's (USA) lead on tenure elongation of the service chiefs to defeat terrorism.
The former FCC chairman said it is not entirely strange for heads of security architecture to remain in office longer than expected.
Gwaska said the US and other top nations have adopted this strategy at different times to quench insurgency.
He also noted that it is unhealthy to change competent and trustworthy hands at a critical time as when there is an ongoing war against terrorism.
He recalled that in 2018, President Donald Trump extended the high year tenure for senior Air Force officers through technical sergeants beginning February 1, 2019.
Similarly, he said that the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, last year, approved an extension in the tenure of Army chief, General Qamar Bajwa for another three years in “view of regional security environment”.
He said this was the second time in nearly a decade that the country's top general had their traditional three-year term extended.
Gwaska said President Buhari is only taking a leaf from the rest of the world by keeping hold of the Service Chiefs who displayed bravery, gallantry and patriotism.
He said: “We salute the choice of Mr President's appointees manning the security architecture of the country."
"We resolved that the Security Chiefs have not only refused to shirk in the face of all difficulties, sabotage of their gallant efforts, but have continued to determinedly tackle even renewed atrocities of insurgencies and insurrections with renewed zeal and vigor," Gwaska added.
He also said PRENECO perceives the calls by the National Assembly (NASS) and some other questionable characters for the sack of the security chiefs as exposure of their veiled conspiracy against the end of the insurgency in Nigeria.
He said: "The meeting called on the politicians and other disgruntled elements who are still nursing the wounds of defeat and rejection by the Nigerian masses, in the 2019 general elections."
He added that the group resolved to a kick-start very early political activities ahead of 2023 should be mindful of the distractions it has implanted in the polity by the method they have employed.
"We see it as part of ploys, exacerbating insecurities in parts of the country backed by foreign interference and the glaring agenda to destroy Nigeria," Gwaska concluded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had assured Nigerians that his administration will end terrorism in the country.
The president while commissioning two Nigeria Air Force Agusta 109 Power Helicopters and Mi-17 E Helicopters at the Eagle Square in Abuja said his administration will re-professionalise and re-equip the military to meet the growing exigencies of security in the country.
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