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Only Buhari can sack Service Chiefs, Presidency tells Senate

Valentine Chinyem

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Following request by the Nigerian Senate, urging the Service Chiefs to step down, over their failure to stop the heightened insecurity in the country, the Presidency has voiced out, saying only President Muhammadu Buhari has the right to sack the Service Chiefs, as the Commander-In-Chief.

The resolutions of the Senate followed consideration of a motion titled: “Rising casualties among Nigerian soldiers and other security agencies” by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator representing Borno South, Mohammed Ali Ndume.

However, in a terse statement titled “Service Chiefs: Position of Presidency on resolution by the Senate”, the presidency said Buhari only reserves the right to appoint or sack Service Chiefs.

This was shared via the verified twitter handle of the Presidency @NGRPresident.

It reads, “The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on the Service Chiefs to resign or be sacked due to the multi-pronged security challenges in the country.

“The Presidency notes the resolution, and reiterates that appointment or sack of Service Chiefs is a Presidential prerogative, & President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, will do what is in the best interest of the country at all times.”