Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari has said that the clamor for the sacking of service chiefs is ‘out of place’.
Shehu said this when he appeared on Arise TV news on Monday night, November 30. According to Shehu, the president has the prerogative to appoint or sack any of the country’s service chiefs and that he can keep the service chiefs as long as he is satisfied with their performance.
Over the weekend, Nigerians called for the sack of the service chiefs following the gruesome murder of over 43 farmers by Boko Haram members in Zambarmari community in Borno state on Saturday, November 28.
Reacting to the call by several Nigerians, Shehu said the decision to sack or retain any of the service chiefs is entirely that of the President.
“I am not aware that the tenure of service chiefs is subjected to any law of 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 at his table with all 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 and other people who think that they have a role in it. It is entirely his own determination. He decides who he keeps as his service chiefs and for how long. The laws don’t prescribe a time limit”he said