Why President Buhari retains service chiefs, Highlights of Buhari's Meeting With National Security Council (NSC)
Highlights of Buhari's Meeting With National Security Council (NSC)

Why President Buhari retains service chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has not changed the service chiefs in order to avoid “competition within the service.”

Buhari said this in a recorded interview that was aired by Arise TV Monday night.

Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, chief of defence staff; Tukur Yusufu Buratai, chief of army staff, Ibok-EteIkwe Ibas, chief of naval staff; and Sadique Baba Abubakar, chief of air staff, have had their tenures extended twice.

Also, Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), who was expected to retire on January 3 after completing a mandatory 35 years in service is still at his job.

The president said, “the head [him] has to be very careful because you don’t know [the] ambition of the ones coming up.”

He said the performance of the service chiefs may be disappointing but he takes responsibility for not changing them.

“My understanding of security is that, when you have a case of emergency, you have to be careful, with tampering with the head of services. This is again one of my personal experiences. I have been a governor, I have been a minister, I have been a head of state, I came back, I tried to come back to this office three times but lucky on the fourth time,” Buhari said.

“I am measuring the options critically, when you have a case of emergency, if you don’t wait for an appropriate time to do it, then you create competition within the service, there are so many ambitious people waiting, only one man can be chief of army staff in the army, only one man can be the inspector-general of police. Don’t forget that it was this administration that appointed all the three.”