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Despite the uncontrollable level of insecurity in Nigeria, Presidency says ex-service chiefs didn’t fail

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The Presidency has stated that the service chiefs who were replaced yesterday, did not fail.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, who spoke on Channels Television, noted that it was only time to inject fresh energy in the fight against terrorism and other security challenges confronting the nation.

“The fact that they have to leave today does not mean they have failed. No, I wouldn’t think so. It is just that it is time to have fresh energy, fresh blood and fresh ideas in the theatre of battles where the military is involved in the country,” he said, noting that his principal commended the outgoing service chiefs.

“The president in the statement issued (today) also commended the outgoing service chiefs for their contributions to engendering a safer country –that shows that by and large, he was satisfied with their performances and he just felt it is time to rejig the system, have fresh energy, fresh blood and fresh ideas. But it should be on record that he commended them and their services to the country.

“These ones that are leaving today have been there for about five years and five months. It is a matter of doing what is right at a given time,” Adesina added.

The immediate past service chiefs are apparently the longest serving military chiefs in Nigeria (at least since 1999).

After pressure for their replacement due to their failure to protect the lives and property of Nigerians, as well as continued increase in insecurity, President Buhari appointed four new chiefs to replace them on Tuesday.

The new service chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao as Chief of Air Staff.

The new service chiefs took over from the ex-service chiefs —General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff); Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff).

Adesina noted that President Buhari appointed eligible commanders and consulted with appropriate persons he deemed fit before making his decision.

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