Garba Shehu:Muhammadu Buhari Sees What Nigerians Don’t See About Service Chiefs, — How True is this

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, says President Muhammadu Buhari has not succumbed to demand the sack of the service chiefs because he sees what Nigerians don't see.

Shehu said this when he featured on a Television Continental (TVC) programme on Sunday.In 2020, Nigeria witnessed a spike in killings by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers.

To address things , the national assembly on a minimum of four occasions asked the president to sack the service chiefs for poor performance.

Other stakeholders like the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) also said the military is overwhelmed and wishes fresh ideas to prevent the killings.

But the presidency has instead insisted that the service chiefs will remain in office for as long as Buhari is satisfied with their performance.

Speaking during the TV programme, Shehu said the chief of army staff and his colleagues serve at the pleasure of the president who has not sacked them because “he is seeing things that critics aren't seeing.

It is because he's seeing things that critics aren't seeing. he's seeing things most of the people don’t see,” he said in response to why the security heads are still in office.

It is not a tenured appointment. there's no part of the law that says chief of army staff must serve for 2 years. Then, after two years, he must go.

He serves at the pleasure of the president. Now, the president has said again he will make changes. When will he make those changes? it's entirely up to him. i feel Nigerians should give him the benefit of the doubt.

He added that the Buhari administration has not been able to solve the country’s security challenges because the issues are “mutating”.

This country has always been challenged by problems with insecurity. No country is crime-free,” he said, adding: “The challenges are mutating … but all hands are now on deck.

From the resolutions we are seeing particularly from the president, 2021 is going to be very decisive in handling Boko Haram, banditry, and kidnapping.

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