The senate has said it will persuade President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs.
Ajibola Basiru, spokesman of the senate, said the resolution represents the views of Nigerians. In an interview with The Punch, Basiru said the Presidency has promised to look into the resolution.
“We, however, still want to persuade the President to consider our resolution. The Presidency has said it is aware of our resolution and has pledged to look into it,” Basiru said.
“The presidency said it is not legally bound to carry out [our] resolution because it is the prerogative of the President to remove service chiefs.
“Our resolutions are just persuasive authority coming from elective representatives of Nigerians in the national assembly.
“It is not a law. It is advisory and persuasive. The response of the presidency is the correct position of law and I agree.
“Due to the principle of separation of power, we cannot compel the president to sack the service chiefs.
“We only responded to the feelings of Nigerians by asking the president to reorganise them [service chiefs] but he is not legally bound to do so.”
The senate had sometime in July called on the service chiefs to step aside citing poor performance in the security situation of the country.
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However, Femi Adesina,Buhari’s spokesman, said the decision to sack service chiefs can only be taken by the President.