- President Muhammadu Buhari sacked the former security chiefs because he felt it was necessary
- According to Femi Adesina, the president wants fresh ideas in the security structure of the country, hence the announcement of a new military leadership
- New service chiefs were appointed on Tuesday after months of outcry demanding the sack of the former military chiefs amid rising insecurity
The presidency has finally lifted the lids on the appointment of the new service chiefs, saying the decision was based on the need to rejig the security structure of the country.
Femi Adesina, a media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, made this revelation on Tuesday, January 26.
Legit.ng recalls that the president gave a marching order to all the security chiefs after months of various demands for their sacking amid mounting security challenges.
Adesina, who was a guest on Channels TV, said Buhari felt it was time to appoint new service chiefs, hence the decision to bring in new men with fresh ideas and strategy.
The presidential media aide also faulted the claims that the outgoing service chiefs' resignation was as a result of a number of security lapses under their tenure and the pressure mounted on the government for their sack.
He said Buhari is pleased with the patriotism of the former service chiefs and thanked them for what they have done for the country.
“The President knew the time to do it and I believe the time has come and that is why it has been done.
“I don’t think it is a matter of right or wrong. It is just a matter of doing what is best for the country at the best time.”
Meanwhile, the appointment of new service chiefs has been generating reactions in manifolds and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the development as "belated."
Speaking via a statement on Tuesday, January 26, the opposition party said the appointment is coming at the wrong time because much "harm had already been done to our national security."
PDP said the security situation of the country has degenerated into an abysmal state, leading to the "loss of lives, economic recession with excruciating hardship as well as widened divisions."
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