- The fresh calls for the removal of the service chiefs over continued security threats have been given a deafening response
- Garba Shehu said the calls are out of place because the service chiefs can only be removed by the president who appointed them
- The media and publicity aide said as long as Buhari is pleased with their performance, the service chiefs will remain
The Nigerian presidency has described as "out of place" the mounting demands for the sacking of the Nigerian service chiefs over the spate of insecurity in the country.
Garba Shehu, senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari said this on Monday night, November 30, in an interview with Arise TV.
Legit.ng recalls that the call for the service chiefs to be given a marching order was renewed following the gruesome massacre of 43 local rice farmers in Zabarmari village, Borno state by Boko Haram terrorists.
The attack, which has been described as one of the deadliest in the year 2020 by the United Nation (UN), has raised numerous questions on the commitment of the Nigerian security force to ending the general security threats in the northeast and other parts of the country, with the call for the removal of service chiefs taking centre stage again.
But while speaking, Shehu said the service chiefs "serve at the pleasure of the president" and since President Buhari is satisfied with their performance, the calls for their sack is out of place.
“I am not aware that the tenure of service chiefs is subjected to any law of regulation that is clearly stated. They serve at the pleasure of the president and (if) the president is satisfied with their performance, he keeps them. The buck stops at his table —with due respect to the feelings of Nigerians.
“The clamour for the sack is out of place considering that the president is not subject to the opinion of opposition political party which has clamoured for this all the time. It is entirely his own determination; he decides who he keeps as his service chiefs and for how long.”
PDP condemns attacks on farmers
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemned the latest attack on the rice farmers in Borno in the strongest terms and described it as extremely wicked and devilish.
PDP also said the attack has proven the present administration's failure to tackle the security threat and challenges posed against the country by Boko Haram, kidnappers and bandits, adding that "the ship of state continues to drift" under Muhammadu Buhari.
The party told the president to "immediately move to Zabarmari in Borno state, empathise with the families of the victims and lead from the front in restoring security in the area."
Sack service chiefs - Sultan, northern elders to Buhari
Meanwhile, concerned by the growing insecurity in the north, elders in the region have again called for the sack of service chiefs.
The elders praised Sultan of Sokoto Abubakar Sa'ad for speaking out against insecurity like they have been doing.
President Buhari was also praised by the elders for committing huge funds towards ending insecurity in Nigeria.
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