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Senate to Buhari-Sack Service Chiefs; Buhari, You can’t force me to sack Service Chiefs.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has told the Senate that he would not succumb to their pressure to sack the Service Chiefs due to the escalating security situation in the country.

Responding to a resolution by the Senate on Tuesday, that the Service Chiefs should either resign or be sacked, the President drew the attention of the Senators to constitutional provisions that “appointment or sack of service chiefs is a presidential prerogative.”

A statement issued by Media Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina said, “The Senate Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on the Service Chiefs to resign or be sacked due to the multi-pronged security challenges in the country.

“The Presidency notes the resolution, and reiterates that appointment or sack 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.”

Recall that the Senate earlier on Tuesday called for the resignation of all Service Chiefs over recent killing of soldiers and mass resignation from the military.

The Senate also resolved that the top hierarchy of the military should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against the operations of the military to find a way forward.

The Senate also resolved to observe a minute silence to honour soldiers and members of other security agencies that have lost their lives during their fight against insurgency so far.

The resolutions of the Senate followed the consideration of a motion titled: “Rising casualties among Nigerian soldiers and other security agencies” moved by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume (Borno South).

Ndume had in his lead debate lamented that 24 soldiers were recently killed in an ambush by insurgents in Damboa.

He said that 19 soldiers were wounded while nine others were reported missing during the attack by insurgents.

He said that another 20 soldiers were killed during a similar ambush in Kachina while others were wounded.

He said that another 20 soldiers were killed during a similar ambush in Kachina while others were wounded.

He said that while the Senate appreciates the sacrifices being made by members of the Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency, it is however concerned about the negative effects of the killings on the war against insurgency, especially the reported mass resignation of over 200 soldiers fighting in the frontlines.

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