SERVICE CHIEFS: Presidency Lacks Simple Understanding, Says Nigeria’s Senate

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Service Chiefs, Presidency Lacks Simple Understanding, Says Nigeria’s Senate
Senate president, Ahmed Lawal

The senate of the federal republic of Nigeria has hinted that Nigeria’s presidency lacks simple understanding of situations and only responds to issues on impulse.

The senate appears baffled that the presidency responded to its advisory position on Tuesday by saying only the president can sack the nation’s security service chiefs.

The senate replied that it has never claimed to have the powers to sack the service chiefs, nor can it force the president to heed its advice, so the response from the presidency was unnecessary and misplaced.

The senate had on Tuesday lamented the persistent failure of the service chiefs to curtail the spate of insecurity in the nations, asking them to step down for other people to take over.

Nigeria’s presidency fired back at the senate, insisting that it is only President Buhari who can appoint and sack the nation’s service chiefs.

Special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said the appointment and sacking of service chiefs remained the prerogative of President Buhari.

He said, “The Presidency notes the resolution, and reiterates that appointment or sacking of service chiefs is a presidential prerogative, and 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.”

The Senate however further advised the president not to take its resolution asking the service chiefs to resign with levity.

Senate spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, acknowledged the fact that the resolution was advisory and not legally binding on the president.

He said, “The positions of both the legislature and the executive on the resolution of the Senate calling on the service chiefs to step down are correct.

“We are elected by the Nigerian people to make laws for the good governance of the country.

“Part of our responsibility is that we have the moral duty to be concerned about the security and welfare of Nigerians. As for the legal status of our resolution, it is an advisory on the executive.

“What I can say is that the advice by elected parliament ought not to be taken with levity even though it does not have legal binding. We are of the view that the tenure of the service chiefs should be reviewed.”

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