The Federal Government has has shown reluctance to rejig the nation’s security architecture while describing demands for the sack of service chiefs as misplaced.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said in a TV interview that sacking the service chiefs was not the solution to Nigeria’s Security Challenges
He said. “The clamour for the sack is out of place considering that the president is not subject to the opinion of opposition political party which has clamoured for this all the time.”
“It is entirely his (Buhari) determination; he decides who he keeps as his service chiefs and for how long.”
“I am not aware that the tenure of service chiefs is subjected to any law or regulation that is clearly stated,” Shehu said. They serve at the pleasure of the president and (if) the president is satisfied with their performance, he keeps them. The buck stops at his table —with due respect to the feelings of Nigerians, ” he added.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been under renewed pressure from critics, government oppositions and other citizens to reorganise the security architecture in the country after Boko Haram killed about 43 rice farmers at Zabarmari, in Jere Local Government of Borno State over the weekend.
The victims have been buried on Sunday with the state governor Babangana Zulum in attendance.
Buhari expressed grief over the killing of farmers on rice fields and described the terrorist killings as insane.
While Buhari said he has given an order to the military to confront Boko Haram, Nigerians are demanding the replacement of service chiefs who head different security agencies in the country.
Shehu had earlier criticised the slain farmers for going to their farmlands without military clearance.