In reaction to the calls for the sack of the service chiefs in Nigeria, the presidency has stated that Muhammadu Buhari has not succumbed to the calls because he sees what Nigerians do not see.
Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff; Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff; Sadique Abubakar, chief of air staff; and Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, chief of naval staff; are all due for retirement.
This was made known by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari when he appeared on a Television Continental (TVC) programme on Sunday.
He 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 are not seeing”.
“It is because he is seeing things that critics are not seeing. He is seeing things most people don’t see,” he said in response to why the security heads are still in office.
“It is not a tenured appointment. There is no part of the law that says chief of army staff must serve for two 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 is entirely up to him. I think Nigerians should give him the benefit of the doubt.”