- The presidency has admitted that the former service chiefs did not defeat Boko Haram
- Femi Adesina, however, said this was not due to lack of will on the part of the retired security chiefs
- Adesina added that the ambassadorial appointment came as a show of reward from President Muhammadu Buhari
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The presidency has that the ambassadorial appointment for the immediate past service chiefs was a reward for their fight against insurgency in Nigeria throughout their tenures.
A presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said President Muhammadu Buhari does not have it in his character to use and dump people.
Adesina added that nominating the former security chiefs as non-career ambassadors-designates was the president's way of appreciating their bravery and gallantry in the anti-terrorism war which a lot of persons have criticised.
He went on to state that although the retired service chiefs did not end insurgency in the country, they made remarkable success, adding that President Buhari deemed it fit to honour them for this.
“...President Buhari...would not use people who did their level best, and dump them unceremoniously, so that they become objects of derision in the eyes of those who like to see people fall from elevated positions.
“The president would have wanted those service chiefs to go home as heroes. So he gave them time. Longer than was usual. And having realised that they had fought the war with all that was in them, he decided on some kind of reward, a show of appreciation. Admirable.
"A display of good heart. No matter who you are; a president, a billionaire, Archbishop, Imam, if you don’t have a good heart, forget it. You should be avoided. Like a plague.”
Meanwhile, a group, Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has commended President Buhari over the recent appointment of the former chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (rtd), and other immediate past service chiefs as non-career diplomats.
The group in a statement signed by its secretary-general, Raymond Egule, and seen by Legit.ng said it was elated at the development.