President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Senate that the appointment or sack of service chiefs is a presidential prerogative that can be exercised by him alone. 

The president’s statement came just a few hours after a motion was moved by lawmakers on Tuesday, urging service chiefs to step down for the appointment of new ones. 

The motion was raised by Senator Ali Ndume who expressed concerns about human losses being suffered by troops of the Armed Forces especially those fighting terrorists and bandits in many areas of the northern region.

Reacting to the motion just a few hours after it was raised, the presidency issued a statement stressing that: “The Presidency notes today’s Senate resolution, and reiterates that appointment or sack of Service Chiefs is a Presidential prerogative. President Buhari, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, will do what is in the best interest of the country at all times,” the statement read.

It is worthwhile to note that several calls have been made to the president demanding for the sack the security chiefs as many have lost faith in their abilities to contain the terrible insecurity situation in Nigeria.

Although President Buhari has issued ultimatums to the service chiefs in time past, he went on indefinitely extended their tenure beyond natural expiration of their service.

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