- The Nigerian Senate has vowed to intensify the call for the discharge of service chiefs
- The upper chamber said though the call is persuasive, it reflects the collective interest of larger Nigerians
- Senate spokesperson Ajibola Basiru made this known amid rising insecurity
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The Nigerian Senate said there is no going back on the call for the sack service chief, vowing to mount pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking with pressmen on Friday, August 14, Senate spokesperson, Ajibola Basiru, said the call for the sack of the security chiefs over rising insecurity is advisory though represents the collective interest of the country.
It would be recalled that 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.
The resolution followed a motion by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) who expressed worry over the reported voluntary retirement of over 200 army officers.
The red chamber also asked its joint committee on security to find out why the officers were deserting the service.
The Senate also resolved that the top hierarchy of the military should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against its operations to find a way forward.
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 Muhammadu Buhari will do what is the best in the interest of the country.
Basiru, however, said the Senate will persuade the president on the need to give the service chiefs marching orders.
“The presidency said it is not legally bound to carry out [our] resolution because it is the prerogative of the President to remove service chiefs.
“Our resolutions are just persuasive authority coming from elective representatives of Nigerians in the national assembly.
“It is not a law. It is advisory and persuasive. The response of the presidency is the correct position of law and I agree," the Senate spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the security chiefs for offering their best in the fight against insecurity in the country.
The president, however, gave directives for the overhauling of the total security architecture and mandated the security chiefs to come up with a new strategy against the menace of bandits and insurgents.
Addressing the security chiefs during a meeting on Tuesday, August 4, attended by the national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, President Buhari expressed displeasure over the worsening state of the security of the country.
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