Presidency respond to Senate’s call for sack of service chiefs

By Millicent Umoru-O

The presidency has reacted to the Nigerian Senate’s call for the sack of the security chiefs due to the saddening rise in the killing and attacks across the country. recall that the upper legislative chamber, during a plenary on Tuesday, July 21, expressed its sadness over the spike in killing nationwide and asked the country’s service chiefs to step aside without any further delay

The resolution followed a motion by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno), who expressed worry over the reported voluntary retirement of over 200 Army officers.

The red chamber also asked its joint committee on security to find out why the officers are deserting the service. The Senate also resolved that the top hierarchy of the military should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against its operations to find a way forward.

Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari will do what is best for Nigeria as regards rise in insecurity. But in a statement released by the presidency via a tweet, the federal government stressed that the appointment and dismissal of the security chiefs is “presidential prerogative.” The presidency further stated that as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, President Muhammadu Buhari will do what is best in the interest of the country.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, July 20, declared that terrorism and banditry would end in Nigeria when the citizens of the country decide.

Buratai made this known when he visited the Presidential Villa to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress of the war against insecurity in the country. He said in order to put the menace behind; all Nigerians must join hands in the fight, adding that the criminals involved are mostly citizens of the country.

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