Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has again defended the decision of his principal to keep the service chiefs, despite persistent calls for their sack.
Shehu, while featuring on a programme on Television Continental titled ‘Politics on Sunday’, argued that President Muhammadu Buhari sees things his critics and other Nigerians cannot see.
He insisted that there is no law in the country that stipulates tenured appointments for service chiefs.
He said the service chiefs are serving at the pleasure of the President, according to Daily Trust reports.
The presidential aide stressed that Buhari has promised to make changes to the country’s security architecture, urging Nigerians to give him the benefit of the doubt.
“It is because he is seeing things that critics are not seeing. He is seeing things most people don’t see,” he said.
“It is not a tenured appointment. There is no part of the law that says Chief of Army Staff must serve for two years. Then, after two years, he must go.
“He serves at the pleasure of the President. Now, the President has said again he will make changes. When will he make those changes? It is entirely up to him. I think Nigerians should give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Shehu added: “This country has always been challenged by issues of insecurity. No country is crime free. The challenges are mutating. They are transforming from one form to another….
“But all hands are now on deck. From the resolutions we are seeing, particularly coming from the President, 2021 is going to be very decisive in dealing with Boko Haram, banditry, and kidnapping.”