A former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mike Ejiofor, alleges that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has lost control of his troops.
Ejiofor’s statement came following the army chief’s recent statement about his troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.
Naija Buzz had reported how the army chief berated his soldiers, saying that the recent setbacks the army witnessed in the fight against insurgency was due to the lack of commitment by his officers and soldiers fighting the war against insurgency.
“It is unfortunate, but the truth is that almost every setback the Nigerian Army has had in our operations in recent times can be traced to insufficient willingness to perform assigned tasks or simply insufficient commitment to a common national and military course by those at the frontlines,” Buratai said on Tuesday.
Buratai has come under serious attack since making the statement, with many calling for his sack and others saying that he sits in an air conditioned office to demoralize his troops who risk their lives at war front.
Here’s how the former DSS Director reacted (as seen on Punch);
“If the army chief actually meant this statement, that means he has lost control of the troops. There must be something responsible. It may be that they no longer have confidence in him and this is very dangerous. Besides, this statement is capable of demoralising the fighting troops. Officers and soldiers are being killed and barracks are being attacked. There must be something fundamentally wrong,” the former DSS boss said.
“The President appointed the service chiefs. We can have our opinions. If the man feels they are not doing well, then it is time for a change,” he added.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.