Involved elders throughout the nation have demanded the sack of President Buhari’s Senior Particular Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, over his alleged insensitive feedback.
The elders’ demand follows Shehu’s feedback claiming that the tenure of Service Chiefs was depending on the “pleasure” of the Commander-in-Chief.
Shehu had appeared on tv and made the utterances whereas responding to questions on the President’s motive for retaining the Service Chiefs regardless of the worsening insecurity within the nation
He had claimed that no a part of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 stipulated any tenure for the army excessive command.
Nonetheless, the elders, who function beneath the aegis of Convention of Involved Nigerian Elders (COCNE), took robust exception to the presidential spokesperson’s submission, describing it as unprofessional in scope, insensitive in content material, shameful in type, and reckless in nature.
Whereas admonishing Shehu, the elders mentioned the President’s spokesperson must weigh his utterances and the temper of the individuals, particularly when discussing safety and public security.
The elders in a press release signed by Prof. Tunde Banjo for South West, Dr Achike Nwachukwu for South East, Barr. Jackson Spiff for South-South, Alhaji Baba Usman Funtua, North West, Prof. Shehu Bulama for North East and Dr. Isaiah Terhila for North-Central zones, respectively, warned the presidential aide in opposition to incurring the wrath of Nigerians following the present safety state of affairs.
“We’re alarmed by a quite reckless, insensitive, shameful and unprofessional assertion credited to Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media adviser, to the impact that the Service Chiefs, who’ve remained in workplace regardless of evident lacklustre file of efficiency, serve on the ‘pleasure’ of the Commander-in-Chief.
“Solely those that derive private advantages from the established order will assist its retention, as Shehu has continued to shamefully do.
The involved elders mentioned the sack of Shehu will function a deterrent to different presidential appointees, who might need to act and converse as Shehu does.
The elders, nonetheless, clarified that they don’t have anything in opposition to the army heads, who they declare did their greatest in the course of the early days of their appointments.
“As involved elders, we observe that this isn’t the primary time Shehu can be supporting the retention of Service Chiefs, in opposition to evident failure to safe lives and property.
“From a patriotic place, due to this fact, we’re calling on our pricey and amiable President to point out Shehu the best way out with out additional delay.
”We reiterate our name for the removing of the Service Chiefs and consequential substitute with senior officers with new concepts and views on methods to test the hydra-headed monster of insecurity”.