Buhari Set To Fire 4 of Nigeria’s 5 Service Chiefs

Following sacking of the director general of the Department of State Service (DSS) President Muhammadu Buhari is set to fire
Nigeria’s service chiefs. Buhari Set To Fire 4 of Nigeria’s 5 Service Chiefs President Muhammadu Buhari during the
inauguration ceremony. Punch reports that all the service chiefs will get
the boot before the end of July except for the
Police IG, Solomon Arase, who might be secured. The service chiefs are the Chief of Defence Staff,
Air Marshall Alex Badeh; Chief of Army Staff,
Major General Kenneth Minimah; Chief of Naval
Staff, Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin; and Chief of Air
Staff, Air Vice Marshall Adesola Amosu. READ ALSO: Meet New SSS Boss Lawal Daura It would be recalled that President Buhari on July
2, fired the Director General of the Department of
State Service, Ita Ekpenyong. The newly-appointed DSS head Lawal Daura, had
retired from the service before he was recalled to
lead the agency. Daura, who is from the same area as Buhari,
almost 62, retired from the SSS in 2013, having
reached the statutory retirement age of 60. Itse Sagay, a foremost constitutional lawyer, who
spoke with Premium Times, said it was difficult to
criticize the president for appointing his kinsman
as DG SSS. Sagay noted that the secret police under ex-
president Goodluck Joanthan had become too
political and polarised that it was hard for Mr.
Buhari to work with them. He said: “The SSS under former President
Goodluck Jonathan had become an agent of the
Peoples Democratic Party. You can remember
when they invaded the APC office in Lagos
claiming that the party was cloning voters’ cards. READ ALSO: Buhari Replaces SSS DG “Nigerians also saw how their spokesperson,
Marylyn Ogar, became an attack dog for the PDP
and went after leaders of the APC. Therefore, it is
difficult for Buhari to trust them.”

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