- A former chief of Army staff, Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.) has said that Nigerian service chiefs do not have any tenure
- Akinrinade said it is not stated anywhere how long a service chief can serve for, adding that lack of tenure is a problem
- The former chief of Army staff also noted that the service chiefs can be sacked at the discretion of the president
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Lieutenant General Alani Akinrinade (retd.), former chief of Army staff, has said that service chiefs in the country do not have any tenure which is a problem.
Akinrinade made this known in a recent interview amid calls for President Muhammadu Buhari to sack service chiefs due to the worsening insecurity in the country.
The former chief of Army staff said the tenure of service chiefs is not stated anywhere that they have to serve for a particular period.
He said: "There is no tenure and that is the problem. It is not stated anywhere that you have to serve as the Chief of Army Staff for four years or as Chief of Defence Staff for two years."
Akinrinade further said that the dismissal of service chiefs in the country is at the discretion of the president who also doubles as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
He explained that service chiefs can wait to be sacked or resign if they feel they did not have anything new to contribute again as they serve at the discretion of the president.
When asked if he supported the calls that service chiefs should go, the former army chief said the president had the power to either sack the service chiefs or retain them.
The chieftain of the National Democratic Coalition went on to add that the civil service rule concerning retirement for anyone who has served for 35 years has been extended to the armed forces is not helpful at times.
He noted that some people would still be productive after spending 35 years in service if they joined at an early age, adding that it wasn't necessarily productive at some points.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the presidency finally reacted to the Nigerian Senate's call for the sack of the security chiefs due to the saddening rise in the killing and attacks across the county.
The upper legislative chamber, during a plenary on Tuesday, July 21, expressed its sadness over the spike in killing nationwide and asked the country’s service chiefs to step aside without any further delay.
But in a statement released by the presidency via a tweet, the federal government stressed that the appointment and dismissal of the security chiefs is "presidential prerogative."
The presidency further stated that as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, President Buhari will do what is the best in the interest of the country.
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