Concerned elders across the country have called for the sack of President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu
The elders accused him of making insensitive about security in Nigeria.
Shehu had said that the tenure of Service Chiefs was dependent on the “pleasure” of the Commander-in-Chief.
He had appeared on a television programme and made the utterances while responding to questions Buhari’s reaons for retaining the Service Chiefs despite bad insecurity in the country
Acccording to Shehu, no part of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 stipulated any tenure for the military high command.
Reacting, Conference of Concerned Nigerian Elders (COCNE), said Shehu’s comment is unprofessional insensitive in content, shameful in form, and reckless in nature.
The statement reads: “We are alarmed by a rather reckless, insensitive, shameful and unprofessional statement credited to Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media adviser, to the effect that the Service Chiefs, who have remained in office despite glaring lacklustre record of performance, serve at the ‘pleasure’ of the Commander-in-Chief.
“Only those who derive personal benefits from the status quo will support its retention, as Shehu has continued to shamefully do.
The concerned elders said the sack of Shehu will serve as a deterrent to other presidential appointees, who may want to act and speak as Shehu does.
The elders, however, clarified that they have nothing against the military heads, who they claim did their best during the early days of their appointments.
“As concerned elders, we observe that this is not the first time Shehu will be supporting the retention of Service Chiefs, against glaring failure to secure lives and property.
“From a patriotic position, therefore, we are calling on our dear and amiable President to show Shehu the way out without further delay.
”We reiterate our call for the removal of the Service Chiefs and consequential replacement with senior officers with new ideas and perspectives on how to check the hydra-headed monster of insecurity