Chris Steven, Abuja
The Coalition of Civil Societies for Good Leadership and Transparency has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to retire Service Chiefs who have completed their mandatory 35 years of service, to allow young and vibrant generals to take charge of the ongoing war against terrorism in the North East.
Speaking in Abuja during a press conference, Coordinator of the group, Comrade James Francis said there is need for fresh ideas in the war against terrorism.
“Those who have completed the mandatory 35 years of service should bow out gloriously while those young and vibrant generals who were promoted recently should take over.
These young generals have more years in service and thus have all the time to restructure the Military formation as some of the Service Chiefs have become political leaders thus politicising National Security.” He said
Comrade Francis noted that the Chief of Defence staff, Chief of Air Staff and the Chief of Naval Staff should retire from the Service if it is established that they are due for retirement.
He said, “We strongly recommend that Mr President should not consider any extension for any of the three Service Chiefs who have completed their 35years in service as their ambitions portend danger to our dear nation, after all precedents of the retirements of former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase and Former Chief of Defence Intelligence Monday Morgan were premised on mandatory 35 years of service.”
Francis said, reports of a purported change of two Service Chiefs precisely on Monday 11th December 2016 which later became a hoax, definitely was a kite being orchestrated for the would be beneficiaries at a time the nation is battling with the Boko Haram terrorists
He said, “This means Presidential secrets that are in the offings if not released in time became leaked. These beneficiaries want to stampede the Commander in Chief’s action. How this can be interpreted is that there is high wired lobbying going on for personal aggrandisement . Why Boko Haram is getting more serous lately with losses and heavy casualties on the Federal Government side , the military hierarchy is enmeshed in power play of succession.”