- A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has reacted to the repeated calls by Nigerians for the sack of the service chiefs
- Shehu disclosed why the president has kept the current military commanders in office
- The spokesperson clarified the misconceptions about the tenure of service chiefs
A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, has said it is entirely up to President Muhammadu Buhari to decide when to make changes in the appointment of service chiefs.
The Cable reported that Shehu told a TVC programme on Sunday, January 10, that Nigerians should allow the president to make the changes whenever he deems appropriate to do so.
He, however, pointed out that Buhari has kept the current security chiefs in office because he sees what Nigerians do not see.
Shehu explained that the military commanders serve at the pleasure of the president, noting that there is no part of the law stipulating their tenure of service.
" It is not a tenured appointment. There is no part of the law that says chief of army staff must serve for two years. Then, after two years, he must go.
“He serves at the pleasure of the president. Now, the president has said again he will make changes. When will he make those changes? It is entirely up to him. I think Nigerians should give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria's chief of army staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, January 11, told applicants seeking to serve in the army that they must be ready to move to Sambisa forest at the end of their training.
According to Premium Times, Buratai noted that the recruits should be ready to serve their country anywhere they are deployed as a soldier.
He made the disclosure at Falgore forest training camp during the final screening for 80 regular recruits in Kano state.
In another news, the Coalition of Northern Patriots (CNP) has hailed General Tukur Buratai for the success of the Nigerian army's Operation Sahel Sanity.
The group in a statement signed by its president, Nurudeen Dodo, and seen by Legit.ng said Buratai and his troops' commitment to restoring peace have reduced crime in the northwest.
Dodo said the operation, since its launch, has yielded positive results and helped in bringing about the much-needed peace in the region.
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