The Presidency has stated that the prerogative to appoint or sack Nigeria’s service chiefs solely rest on the shoulders of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Naija News recalls that Boko Haram Terrorist group on Saturday beheaded 43 farmers in Zabarmari, less than 20 km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Zambarmari is located in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.
The bodies of the slain farmers whose throats were slit were on Sunday morning buried in a brief ceremony led by Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State.
However, the United Nations in a report released on Sunday stated that over 110 farmers were actually killed and not the 43 reported in the media.
Following the fresh attack of Boko Haram, Nigerians both in the president’s party and in the opposition as well as other group have called on Buhari to sack the security chiefs.
Speaking in an interview with Arise TV, Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, said Buhari keeps the service chiefs as long as he is satisfied with their performance.
He said, “I am not aware that the tenure of service chiefs is subjected to any law or regulation that is clearly stated. They serve at the pleasure of the president and (if) the president is satisfied with their performance, he keeps them. The buck stops on his table —with due respect to the feelings of Nigerians.
“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 own determination; he decides who he keeps as his service chiefs and for how long.”
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