File photograph of some of the Service Chiefs and President Buhari at a recent event in Abuja
Finally, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday yielded to pressure pilled on him to sack the Service Chiefs over degenerating of insecurity of lives and properties plaguing the nation by relieving Service Chiefs of their appointments.
However, the President was magnanimous enough to give them soft landing by asking the Service Chiefs to throw in the towel with a view to save their faces of failure. In a statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President om Media and Publicity, the President was said to have accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.
Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
President Buhari thanks the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.
The new Service Chiefs are: Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff. The President congratulates the new Service Chiefs and urges them to be loyal and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibilities.