The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha yesterday said that the Federal Government cannot sack the service chiefs now.
Service Chiefs stay – FG
By our correspondent
The National Assembly had called on the presidency to relieve the Service Chiefs of their appointments following the deteriorating security situation in the country.
The Triumph gathers that criminal activities, including insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery have increased in different parts of the country.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja yesterday after a book launch titled: “CAN, Religion, Politics and Power in Nigeria” written by a former General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Engr Samuel Salifu, the SGF criticized those mounting pressure on the government to sack the Service Chiefs, saying that was not the right time to sack heads of security agencies.
He explained that there are processes to be followed if such a step must be taken, adding that Nigerians must be on the same page with government if the battle against insecurity challenges must be overcome.
He said: “You don’t sack people like that. There are processes and I believe that, at the opportuned time, those processes will be followed. You don’t just wake up and say sack people, it doesn’t happen like that. We are in a very difficult time. We need everybody to be on board. We need synergy within intelligence community; within the military formations that will help fight this war.
“We are in a very difficult situation and when we begin to create cracks and divisions, who will be the beneficiaries? The adversaries are the ones that are going to exploit those deficiencies and further the cause of destabilising the nation.
“At this moment, what we need is for everybody to be on the same page, fight the battle of securing the nation for protecting lives and property and ensuring that every Nigerian has the opportunity to live a prosperous life. I think that should be our main focus.”