- Femi Falana has reacted to the appointment of new service chiefs by President Buhari
- According to him, the law wasn't obeyed by the president in appointing the new security leaders
- Falana backed his claim by quoting section 218 of the Nigerian constitution
Reactions in different quarters have continued to trail President Muhammadu Buhari's appointment of new service chiefs as Femi Falana says the Nigerian leader did not obey the laws regarding the latest engagement.
The human rights lawyer who made the disclosure as a guest on Channels Television Sunrise Daily said Nigeria has continued in its habit of operating under an atmosphere of impunity.
Falana was of the opinion that the whole essence of a presidential system of government is to ensure that there are checks and balances.
Speaking further, he said Buhari appointing the new security leaders without the confirmation of the National Assembly, constitutes a disregard for the rule of law.
He explained that the National Assembly is empowered by section 218 of the Nigerian constitution to approve the appointment.
The lawyer added that the new service chiefs who are awaiting confirmation by the legislators have only been nominated by Buhari.
Buhari appoints new service chiefs
Legit.ng recalls that President Buhari on Tuesday, January 26, announced the appointment of new service chiefs following the resignation of their predecessors.
The Nigerian leader in a tweet via his official Twitter handle noted that he has accepted the immediate resignation of the service chiefs and their retirement from service.
The appointments were conveyed in a statement signed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, and shared on his Facebook page.
Falana says the appointment is illegal
Falana's reaction is coming after he described President Buhari's appointment of new service chiefs as illegal.
The senior lawyer in a statement backed his claim by quoting a 2013 judgment which described the appointments of service chiefs without the concurrence of the National Assembly as illegal and unconstitutional.
Consequently, he added that the service chiefs have only been nominated but not appointed.