Senate orders service chiefs to stepdown, asks President Buhari to appoint new military chiefs. Presidency reacts

Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Tuesday resolved that service chiefs must resign following the killing of soldiers fighting Boko Haram and bandits in the North-East and North-West respectively.

Senator Ali Ndume, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, during plenary earlier today moved the motion.

The lawmakers expressed worries over the increasing rate of killings of soldiers across the country, saying that the situation was capable of frustrating the war against the insurgents, adding that many soldiers were already resigning from the military.

Senator Ayo Fadahunsi, the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, called for the resignation of Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, and his colleagues.

Fadahunsi’s prayer was massively supported by the senators. Consequently, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, ruled on the prayer and asked that the service chiefs resign so that President Muhammadu Buhari can appoint new chiefs with fresh ideas.

The Senate further mandated the joint committees on Defence, Army, Air Force, Navy, Police and Interior to receive briefings from the new services chiefs and the Minister of Interior.

The resolution of the senate was however not welcomed by the Presidency.

Responding to the senate, the presidency in a statement titled “Service chiefs: Position of Presidency on resolution by the Senate,” by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, noted that only the President has the prerogative to sack and appoint service chiefs.

He noted that President Buhari in his capacity as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces would do what is best for Nigeria.

“The Senate Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on the service chiefs to resign or be sacked due to the multi-pronged security challenges in the country.

“The Presidency notes the resolution, and reiterates that appointment or sack of service chiefs is a presidential prerogative, and President Muhammadu 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.”

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