Nigerians Not In Position To Evaluate New Service Chiefs –Adesina

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Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says Nigerians are not in position to assess the competence or suitability of the new service chiefs appointed by his principal.

“You and I would not be able to assess them because we are civilians. To use the word of the military, we are bloody civilians. We would not know. So, we are not in a position to assess these service chiefs and why they were appointed,” Adesina said Tuesday on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme.

After much pressure from Nigerians for the President to bring in fresh hands to pilot the country’s anti-terrorism war especially against Boko Haram in the North-East, Buhari announced the appointment of four new service chiefs on Tuesday.

The new service chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao as Chief of Air Staff.

Many Nigerians have, however, doubted the competence of the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru.

A former Theatre Commander of operation Lafiya Dole, Attahiru had been removed by the Nigerian Army High Command for failing to stop Boko Haram  

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says Nigerians are not in position to assess the competence or suitability of the new service chiefs appointed by his principal.

“You and I would not be able to assess them because we are civilians. To use the word of the military, we are bloody civilians. We would not know. So, we are not in a position to assess these service chiefs and why they were appointed,” Adesina said Tuesday on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme monitored by The PUNCH.

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After much pressure from Nigerians for the President to bring in fresh hands to pilot the country’s anti-terrorism war especially against Boko Haram in the North-East, Buhari announced the appointment of four new service chiefs on Tuesday.

The new service chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao as Chief of Air Staff.

Many Nigerians have, however, doubted the competence of the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru.

A former Theatre Commander of operation Lafiya Dole, Attahiru had been removed by the Nigerian Army High Command for failing to stop Boko Haram in 2017.

The then Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai, had given Attahiru 40 days to capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive. Attahiru’s failure to live up to expectations saw him being removed without any posting.

But the President’s spokesman said his boss did a thorough job in coming up with the four newly appointed commanders.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), says Nigerians are not in position to assess the competence or suitability of the new service chiefs appointed by his principal.

“You and I would not be able to assess them because we are civilians. To use the word of the military, we are bloody civilians. We would not know. So, we are not in a position to assess these service chiefs and why they were appointed,” Adesina said Tuesday on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme.

After much pressure from Nigerians for the President to bring in fresh hands to pilot the country’s anti-terrorism war especially against Boko Haram in the North-East, Buhari announced the appointment of four new service chiefs on Tuesday.

The new service chiefs are Major-General Leo Irabor as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao as Chief of Air Staff.

Many Nigerians have, however, doubted the competence of the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru.

A former Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Attahiru had been removed by the Nigerian Army High Command for failing to stop Boko Haram in 2017.

The then Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai, had given Attahiru 40 days to capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive. Attahiru’s failure to live up to expectations saw him being removed without any posting.

But the President’s spokesman said his boss did a thorough job in coming up with the four newly appointed commanders.

The then Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai, had given Attahiru 40 days to capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive. Attahiru’s failure to live up to expectations saw him being removed without any posting.

But the President’s spokesman said his boss did a thorough job in coming up with the four newly appointed commanders.

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