- Nyesom Wike says involvement in political matters is responsible for the failure of the ex-military leaders
- The Rivers governor states that security chiefs, while in power, openly danced to the tune of the presidency
- Wike stresses that when the security chiefs were given a marching order, Nigerians were all happy
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, says the failure of the immediate security chiefs was because they allowed politics to be mingled with their duties.
The governor made this known on Sunday, January 31, while featuring on Channels TV programme.
President Muhamadu Buhari had last week dismissed all the service chiefs including General Abayomi Olonisakin, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
He replaced them with Major-General LEO Irabor as the chief of defence staff, Major-General I. Attahiru as the chief of army staff, Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo as the chief of naval staff, and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao as chief of air staff.
The sack and appointment was preluded by a series of calls from the nooks and cranny of the country demanding the removal of the ex-service chief amid mounting insecurity.
Wike, who once told the president to remove the service chiefs, said Nigerians "are happy" by Buhari's decision to let the military leaders go.
The Rivers governor stated:
“Part of the problems we had with the former service chiefs was that they were involved in politics instead of concentrating on the security of the nation.
"They were very much involved in politics. Nobody can deny that fact. The moment you politicise security, then you are bound to have problems."
Meanwhile, in a coordinated effort towards ending the menace of Boko Haram insurgents and bandits, the new service chiefs have travelled to Borno state.
The visit on Sunday, January 31, is the first movement of the new service chiefs to Borno which is the theatre of war against Boko Haram since their appointment.
They were led by the chief of defence staff, General Lucky Irabor in what is believed will redefine the fight against the insurgents.
Source: Legit Nigeria