OPINION:Buhari Decided To Replace Service Chiefs, Rejig System – Femi Adesina Contradicts President, Self On Buratai, Others

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The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, on Tuesday night said it was the President who concluded that “the time had come to rejig the framework and get new blood” by firing the previous assistance bosses.

Adesina expressed this in a meeting on Channels Television, a remark which repudiates Buhari, who had tweeted that he acknowledged the acquiescences of the previous assistance bosses.

Utilizing his checked Twitter handle, the President said on Tuesday, “I have acknowledged the quick renunciation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from administration. I express gratitude toward them just for their mind-boggling accomplishments in our endeavors at carrying suffering harmony to Nigeria, and wish them well in their future undertakings.

“I have likewise designated new Service Chiefs to supplant the resigned officials:

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Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defense Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A. Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; Air-Vice Marshal I. O. Amao, Chief of Air Staff.”

I have likewise designated new Service Chiefs, to supplant the resigned officials:

Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defense Staff

Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff

Back Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff

Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) January 26, 2021

Additionally, in a State House public statement on Tuesday evening, Adesina declared that “President Muhammadu Buhari has acknowledged the prompt renunciation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from administration.

“Those included are the Chief of Defense 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.”

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However, showing up hours after the fact on Channels Television, Adesina expressed that it was the President who concluded that the time had come to have new help bosses and sack the current bosses.

He said, “I don’t think it involves right or wrong. It is simply a question of doing what is best for the country at the best time. It won’t be all in all correct to say one side was correct or one side wasn’t right in light of the fact that the President even in the explanation we gave additionally complimented the active help bosses for their commitment to inciting a more secure country.

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“That shows that all around, he was happy with their exhibitions and he just felt the time had come to rejig the framework; have new energy, have new blood, have new thoughts.”

The previous assistance bosses had would not leave since 2017 when they timed up the legal years they should spend in help, even while the nation was wrestling with rising Boko Haram uprising, banditry and seizing.

Despite the fact that Buhari tweeted on Tuesday that he acknowledged the renunciation letters of the previous military bosses, the Defense Headquarters, Abuja, had explained in the past that the military bosses couldn’t leave and must be laid off by the Commander-In-Chief – the President.