Following the high rate of insecurity in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed the service chiefs with immediate effect.
He also appointed new hands to take over the batons of piloting the security affairs of the country.
Special Adviser On Media and Publicity To President, Femi Adesina, made this known in a tweet on Tuesday.
Adesina wrote, “PMB appoints new Service Chiefs. Maj Gen LEO Irabor, CDS, Maj Gen I Attahiru, Army, Rear Adm AZ Gambo, Navy, AVM IO Alao, Air Force. “He congratulates outgoing Service Chiefs on efforts to bring enduring peace to the country.”
The outgoing service chiefs are General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff); Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff).
The move by the President comes after several demands by Nigerians that the President replace the service chiefs and rejig Nigeria’s military apparatus to effectively combat the vagaries of security challenges confronting the nation in recent times.
As far back as July, the Nigerian Senate had called on the service chiefs to step aside.
The Senate reiterated its call in December after 43 farmers were killed in Zabarmari, Borno State, by Boko Haram terrorists.
In reaction to these calls, Presidency had said President Muhammadu Buhari would make the decision when “the time is right.”