- The chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, says Nigerians need not pressure President Muhammadu Buhari into removing his service chiefs
- Buratai states that as commander in chief, the president knows where the problems are and he should be left to make the decisions
- The army chief notes that the military has won the war against insurgency as Boko Haram militants do not control any territory in Nigeria
The chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said the sacking of the security chiefs would not offer a solution to the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria.
Buratai, speaking in a special interview with The Cable and This Day/Arise in Lagos on Tuesday, February 11, said Nigerians do not need to pressure President Muhammadu Buhari into removing his service chiefs.
The army chiefs stated that as commander in chief, the president knows where the problems are and he should be left to make the decisions.
“I am tempted not to comment on this particular issue because I am directly involved. However, I want to believe that whatever happens, the commander-in-chief is the right arbiter, and he knows where it pinches, he knows where the problems are. I think the decision should be left to him. He should not be pushed or prompted in this regard,” he said.
Buratai who stated that he was not questioning the wisdom of the national assembly, in demanding the sack of the service chiefs insisted that the removal of the service is not the solution to the insurgency issue.
The army chief said the military had won the war against insurgency as Boko Haram militants do not control any territory in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, 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.
He, however, noted that the war against terror would continue because the terrorists now attack soft targets for propaganda purposes.
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