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I will not exit government as a failure- President Buhari
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I will not exit government as a failure- President Buhari

President Buhari has said that he is not prepared to leave office as a failure come 2023. The President said this while speaking during a closed-door meeting with service chiefs at the statehouse today August 19. The President said he is determined to turn things around in the war against insecurity. The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, who spoke to statehouse correspondents after the meeting, said although the military has “recorded successes”, the president is determined to achieve a turnaround in the fortunes of the country. “It is evident that a lot of successes have been recorded. Large numbers of people are surrendering in the Northeast as a consequence of the relentless efforts of the armed forces, intelligence and security agencies. This is very, ver...
President Buhari Presides Over Security Meeting
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President Buhari Presides Over Security Meeting

President @MBuhari is presiding over a Security Meeting at the State House. Vice President @ProfOsinbajo in attendance, as well as SGF, COS, Ministers, Service Chiefs, IGP, Intelligence Chiefs. #AsoVillaToday Presidency Nigeria
Reps Ask Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency Over Insecurity
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Reps Ask Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency Over Insecurity

The house of representatives has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency over Nigeria’s growing security challenges. The green chamber also resolved to invite Mohammed Monguno, national security adviser (NSA), service chiefs and paramilitary chiefs to appear before them to speak on the country’s security situation. The lawmakers passed the resolutions on Tuesday after an executive session that lasted for about four hours.
New Service Chiefs Need 6 Months To Understand Nigeria’s Security System – Kalu
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New Service Chiefs Need 6 Months To Understand Nigeria’s Security System – Kalu

In January, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed the new service chiefs — Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff; Ibrahim Attahiru, chief of army staff; Awwal Gambo, chief of naval staff, and Isiaka Amao, chief of air staff. Their appointment came amid calls by Nigerians on the government to urgently address the security challenges. Speaking when he featured on Channels Television on Sunday, Kalu said the appointment of the new service chiefs will not immediately translate into improved security in the country. He made the comment while answering a question on what the national assembly was doing to address the setting up of security outfits by regions. Despite the change of service chiefs, the security situation in the country has become much worse. TheCable reported how in just ...
Buhari Asks Security Forces To ‘Make Insecurity Part Of Nigeria’s History’
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Buhari Asks Security Forces To ‘Make Insecurity Part Of Nigeria’s History’

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to make insecurity part of Nigeria’s history, trusting in the country’s newly appointed service chiefs to make that happen. “I am convinced that the new resolve within the security personnel to make sure that insecurity in the country becomes part of our history will come to pass,” said Mr Buhari in his Easter message to Christians. The statement was issued by Femi Adesina, the president’s media aide. The clumsy phrasing of Mr Buhari’s statement suggests that insecurity will be part of the country’s history rather than saying insecurity will be history. Mr Buhari is no stranger to gaffes. He had once referred to Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, as “President Michelle” of “West Germany.” Mr Tinubu said the 50 million was a sli...
Nobody Takes Buhari Seriously, Not Even The Service Chiefs – Abaribe
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Nobody Takes Buhari Seriously, Not Even The Service Chiefs – Abaribe

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe said on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari’s medical trip to the United Kingdom suggests that the APC Government does not stay true to its words. Senator Abaribe stated this while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today. Abaribe who noted that Buhari’s medical trip did not contravene the law, however, stated that the exercise breached a moral contract, one that was set by the president himself. https://youtu.be/xPEILDLgqvA SECURITY SITUATION? The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, slammed President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of the nation’s insecurity, saying nobody takes Buhari seriously not even the service chiefs. Abaribe stated this on Wednesday during an interview on Channels T...
APC Senators Block Bill To Make Appointment Of Service Chiefs Independent
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APC Senators Block Bill To Make Appointment Of Service Chiefs Independent

The Senate saw some controversy at its session on Wednesday as lawmakers disagreed over the constitutionality of the proposed Armed Forces Service Commission Bill. The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, proposes that the appointment of the service chiefs will be subject to the recommendations of the proposed commission. The bill seeks to establish the Armed Forces Services Commission to ensure that the composition/appointment of service chiefs of the armed forces of the federation reflects the federal character of Nigeria in the manner prescribed in section 217 (3) of the 1999 Constitution. The debate on the bill split the house as senators from the ruling All Progressives Congress opposed the bill. During a voice vote, the bill was rejected. Senat...
Service Chiefs Visit Gusau, Zamfara
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Service Chiefs Visit Gusau, Zamfara

His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State Dr. @Bellomatawalle1 MON received the delegation of the Nigerian Army (Service Chiefs) in his office at the State Government House, Gusau where they discussed issues on security.
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Insecurity: You Have Few Weeks To Deliver, Buhari Tells Service Chiefs

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, charged the newly appointed service chiefs to speed up their actions in freeing the country from the current state of insecurity. President Buhari gave the charge at a ceremony to decorate the new service chiefs with their ranks at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to him, “During our four-hour security meeting, on Tuesday, I had taken the responsibility as Commander-in-Chief for you to go out into the field and secure the country. “You have got a few weeks to do that because by the rainy season, we expect people to develop confidence and go back to the land, so that we don’t get into trouble by being away from the field and therefore unable to produce enough food for the nation.” He told the service chiefs to see t...
Insecurity: We Will Not Allow Terrorists Determine Nigeria’s Peace – CDS, Irabor
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Insecurity: We Will Not Allow Terrorists Determine Nigeria’s Peace – CDS, Irabor

The Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor has assured that the Nigerian Armed Forces would not allow terrorists to determine the peace of the country. Irabor spoke while addressing State House Correspondents after President Muhammadu Buhari decorated him and other Service Chiefs with their new ranks. He assured that the Nigerian Armed Forces will determine the country’s peace. He said, “Peace and security is not just the security of the borders alone. It comes with having to build bridges across various divides. “We as members of the Armed Forces will never in any way leave the peace and security of our nation in the hands of the terrorists. “Rather it is us who will determine the peace and not for us to leave it in the hands of the terrorists.” The Senate had ...
You Have Few Weeks to Secure the Country – President Buhari Tells Service Chiefs
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You Have Few Weeks to Secure the Country – President Buhari Tells Service Chiefs

President Buhari has given a marching order to the new service chiefs who he decorated today March 5. Speaking at the presidential villa, Abuja, the Nigerian leader told the service chiefs that they have few weeks to secure the country. Buhari also asked them to identify competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualification and deploy them to make sure that the country is secured. He said; “During our four-hour security meeting, on Tuesday, I had taken the responsibility as Commander-in-Chief for you to go out into the field and secure the country. “You have got a few weeks to do that because by the rainy season, we expect people to develop confidence and go back to the land. “So that we don’t get into trouble by being away from the field and therefore un...
Buhari Decorates New Service Chiefs, Backs Them 100 Percent
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Buhari Decorates New Service Chiefs, Backs Them 100 Percent

President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the newly-appointed service chiefs to secure the country. I have charged the new Service Chiefs to keep in mind that the nation is looking to them for rapid relief. They must identify competent officers irrespective of seniority and paper qualifications, and work with them to secure this country. As C-in-C I am backing them 100 percent. As I assured at our last security meeting, I have taken responsibility as C-in-C for them to go out into the fields and every part of the country, to ensure peace and security. I have accepted responsibility for all actions taken in fulfillment of the mandate to secure Nigeria. My charge to the new Service Chiefs. Congratulations again to them, and I wish them the very best. Muhammadu Buhari President @MBu...
Senate Confirms The Appointment Of New Service Chiefs
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Senate Confirms The Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

1. Report of the Committee on Defence Confirmation of the Nomination for Appointment as Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by Senator Aliyu Wamakko The nomination of Maj. General Lucky Eluonye Onyenucheya Irabor is CONFIRMED as Chief of Defence Staff The nomination of Maj. General Ibrahim Attahiru is CONFIRMED as Chief of Army Staff The nomination of Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo is CONFIRMED as Chief of Naval Staff The nomination of Air Vice Marshal Isiaka O. Amao is CONFIRMED as Chief of Air Staff. “Congratulations to them. There was so much calls for the replacement of the former service chiefs and the President did that." - @DrAhmadLawan "Let me take this opportunity to thank the former Service Chief...
Senate To Screen Service Chiefs Behind Closed Doors Today
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Senate To Screen Service Chiefs Behind Closed Doors Today

The Senate committees responsible for the oversight of the Nigerian military forces will start the screening of the newly appointed service chiefs on Tuesday ( today) . The Chairman, Senate Committee on Navy , Senator Thompson Sekibo, who confirmed the development in a chat with our correspondent on Monday evening, however, said the service chiefs would be screened behind closed doors . The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had on Wednesday , referred the request of the President, Major General , Muhammadu Buhari , ( retd.) , for the confirmation of the new service chiefs, to the joint committees on Army , Navy and Air force for necessary screening . Lawan , gave the committees, two weeks to carry out their assignments and report to the Senate in plenary. The appointees for confir...
Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi Asks Nigerians To Confront Bandits
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Defence Minister, Bashir Magashi Asks Nigerians To Confront Bandits

Minister of Defence, Major General (rtd) Bashir Magashi, has asked Nigerians to summon courage and stand up to the gunmen wreaking havoc across the country. Speaking with newsmen on the sideline of the screening of Service Chiefs by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Magashi described those who abducted staff and students of a secondary school in Kagara community in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, as cowards. He said Nigerians have the responsibility to ensure there is adequate security around them. Magashi said, “Well, is it the responsibility of the military alone? It is the responsibility of everybody to be alert and ensure safety when necessary.” “We shouldn’t be cowards. Sometimes the bandits come with about three rounds of ammunition and when they fir...
FG Begins Nationwide Town Hall Meetings On Insecurity
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FG Begins Nationwide Town Hall Meetings On Insecurity

National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd) is to lead a delegation of heads of federal law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies to townhall meetings in 6 geo-political zones. The meetings which were agreed upon after his meeting with service chiefs and heads of other security agencies have a direct assessment of the security situation across the country, get feedback and elicit recommendations on the pathway to lasting peace and security in the country. The first town hall meeting will hold in Kaduna State on Monday for the north-west geo-political zone. Those to attend the meetings are the 7 State Governors in the zone, traditional and religious leaders, lawmakers, non-governmental, youth and women groups.
Service Chiefs’ Appointment: Consider Igbo Too, Yoruba Elders Tell Buhari
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Service Chiefs’ Appointment: Consider Igbo Too, Yoruba Elders Tell Buhari

Some elders from the South West yesterday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing one of their sons as Chief of Air Staff. The elders, under the aegis of Conference of Concerned Yoruba Elders, said the president’s gesture was a demonstration of his unwavering confidence in the South West to help his administration give Nigerians the much-needed security as he pledged during his campaign. CCYE National Coordinator, Prof. Olusegun Ajibola and National Secretary, Dr Catherine Adisa, urged their kinsmen to reciprocate the president’s gesture by supporting his administration to succeed in bestowing an enduring legacy of good leadership for the country. They, however, expressed reservation over what they called the continuous side-lining of their Igbo neighbours from the...
Those Calling for the Prosecution of the Service Chiefs are Unpatriotic- Lai Mohammed
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Those Calling for the Prosecution of the Service Chiefs are Unpatriotic- Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described Nigerians calling for the probe of the immediate past service chiefs as unpatriotic. Mohammed express his displeasure about the calls by the Nigerians when he spoke during a Radio Nigeria programme, Politics Nationwide, on Tuesday morning February 2. Last week, President Buhari had appointed four new service chiefs and relieved his former Service chiefs, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff); Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff); Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff). Shortly after the military officers were relieved of their jobs, the Peoples Democratic Party and some other Nigerians called for their probe. Reacting t...
New Service Chiefs Arrive Maiduguri To Tackle Insurgency
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New Service Chiefs Arrive Maiduguri To Tackle Insurgency

The new service chiefs have arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to meet with critical stakeholders to brainstorm on how to tackle insurgency in the theatre of war. The Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Leo Irabor led the delegation to arrive at the headquarters of Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri on Sunday afternoon at about 1330 hours. Daily Trust correspondent in Maiduguri witnessed the arrival of an aircraft carrying the service chiefs. They include the Chief of Defence Staff, Maj. General Leo Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Maj. General Ibrahim Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, AVM Awwal Gambo and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao. A top security source said the visit is expected to brainstorming on how to re-strategise appro...
Northern Governors’ Forum Hail Buhari On Appointment Of Service Chiefs
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Northern Governors’ Forum Hail Buhari On Appointment Of Service Chiefs

The Northern Governors’ Forum has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to replace the country’s service chiefs. Buhari had on Tuesday approved the immediate resignation of the then security chiefs and their retirement from service. Those involved were the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas and Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar. The President also announced the appointment of Maj-Gen. Lucky Irabor as CDS; Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru as COAS; Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo as CNS and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao as CAS. Fielding questions from newsmen after meeting the President at the State House, Abuja, yesterday, Chairman of the...
Buhari’s Service Chiefs: Nwodo Disappointed Over Exclusion Of Igbo
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Buhari’s Service Chiefs: Nwodo Disappointed Over Exclusion Of Igbo

The newly-appointed Coordinator of the Southern and Middle Belt Forum, SMBF, and immediate past President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has expressed shock and disappointment at President Muhammadu Buhari’s exclusion of Igbo in the appointment of the new Service Chiefs. Nwodo insinuated that Buhari’s action was an obvious expression of disdain for the Igbo people and a statement that suggests that no Igbo is fit to head any Nigerian security agency. President Buhari had, Tuesday, sacked Service Chiefs and immediately replaced them with new ones, which did not include any Igbo man or woman. The appointed new Service Chiefs include Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral AZ Gambo, Chief of Nava...
20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs
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20 Generals May Go As Buhari Replaces Buratai, Service Chiefs

No fewer than 20 members of courses 34 and 35 may proceed on retirement as the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday removed service chiefs and appointed a new set of officers to replace them. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari appoints new service chiefs,’ named officers who would head the nation’s armed forces. According to him, they include Chief of Defence Staff, Major-General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Major-General I. Attahiru; Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, and the Chief of Air Staff, Air-Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao. Shortly after the appointment of the service chiefs, sources in the Nigerian Army told The PUNCH that the appointment of the new ser...
I Call On The ICC To Probe The Tenure Of The Former “Disservice Chiefs” – Fayose
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I Call On The ICC To Probe The Tenure Of The Former “Disservice Chiefs” – Fayose

  Though coming after persistent pressure from Nigerians, President Buhari's removal of the Service Chiefs and their replacement is a right step in the right direction. It is yet another victory for the people of Nigeria. The sacked Service Chiefs only served themselves and their pockets and can at best be described as "Disservice Chiefs" under whom Nigeria became completely insecured. It is my call to the ICC and other relevant authorities that tenure of the "sacked" Service Chiefs should be investigated, most importantly human rights abuses and extra judicial killings under their watch and commands. The new Service Chiefs should learn from their immediate predecessors and remember nothing lasts forever.
Governor Wike Commends Buhari On Sack Of Service Chiefs
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Governor Wike Commends Buhari On Sack Of Service Chiefs

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing new Service Chiefs for the country. Governor Wike noted that even though the appointments came late, the President should be commended for listening to the voice of the people. He challenged the new appointees to see their appointments as an opportunity to re-engineer the nation's security architecture which has suffered tremendous setback in the last five years. " The new Service Chiefs should not politicise security by aligning with politicians. "What the country needs now is competence and professionalism that will reduce insecurity to the barest minimum, " he stated. Governor Wike noted that Nigerians who lost confidence in the former Service Chiefs are looking up to th...
APC Welcomes Appointment Of New Service Chiefs
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APC Welcomes Appointment Of New Service Chiefs

We welcome the appointment of new service chiefs following the resignation and retirement of the outgoing service chiefs. We are confident that the new service chiefs will consolidate on the remarkable achievements of their predecessors in keeping the country safe and peaceful. The Party calls for public support for the new service chiefs as they perform their constitutional roles of protecting our country's territorial integrity and tackle emerging security threats. We also urge increased synergy among the armed forces in achieving these tasks. Recent incidents in the country has triggered quite divisive rhetoric in some quarters. It is counterproductive and dangerous to national security when we put ethnic spins to issues affecting us. In tackling security threats, we should...
Buhari Sees What Nigerians Don’t See About Service Chiefs – Garba Shehu
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Buhari Sees What Nigerians Don’t See About Service Chiefs – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, says President Muhammadu Buhari has not succumbed to calls for the sack of the service chiefs because he sees what Nigerians do not see. Shehu said this when he featured on a Television Continental (TVC) programme on Sunday. In 2020, Nigeria witnessed a spike in killings by Boko Haram insurgents, bandits and kidnappers. To address the situation, the national assembly on at least four occasions asked the president to sack the service chiefs for poor performance. Other stakeholders such as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) also said the military is overwhelmed and needs fresh ideas to stop the killings. But the presidency has instead insisted that the service chiefs will remain in office for as long as Buhari is satisfied with their pe...
NASS Set For Showdown With Buhari Over Service Chiefs
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NASS Set For Showdown With Buhari Over Service Chiefs

The refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to re­place the service chiefs de­spite repeated calls by the National Assembly and oth­er eminent Nigerians will be the major point of dis­cussion when the president meets with the House of Representatives on Thurs­day, Daily Independent has gathered. The lawmakers said they are ready to confront the president over the continued stay of the service chiefs, who they said lacked ideas on how to tackle the rising insecurity in the country. The lawmakers, who were disturbed by the worsening insecurity in the country, last week, summoned President Buhari over the murder of about 43 farmers by Boko Ha­ram terrorists in Zabarmari village, Jere Council of Borno State. The president later met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, F...
Service Chiefs Want To Retire But Buhari Hasn’t Give Them Directives – Fayemi
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Service Chiefs Want To Retire But Buhari Hasn’t Give Them Directives – Fayemi

Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Sunday said some of the current Service Chiefs are desirous of retiring but have refused to do because President Muhammadu Buhari who appointed them have refused to give them directives. Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Sunday Politics’, Fayemi, who advocated for the renewal of leadership in the top military echelon said that “the morale of those who should have been in the leadership positions in our security architecture is at the lowest ebb because our service chiefs are still holding sway.” Fayemi, who said the governors will inform the President about the feelings of Nigerians on the insecurity crisis in the country, said if he was the President, he would have asked the current Service C...
Service Chiefs Will Remain As Far As Buhari Is Satisfied With Them – Garba Shehu
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Service Chiefs Will Remain As Far As Buhari Is Satisfied With Them – Garba Shehu

Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, says the nation’s service chiefs will remain in office as far as President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied with their performance. Shehu, who featured during an Arise TV programme on Monday night, said the calls for the sack of the service chiefs are “out of place”. Parts of the country have seen a rise in attacks in recent months, communities in the north-west and north-central regions have been victims of bandits attacks while kidnappers are on rampage across some states. Over the weekend, Boko Haram insurgents struck in Borno state, killing more than 40 farmers in a community about 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital. As the growing security challenges renewed calls for the sack of the service chiefs, Buhari said he has gi...
Service Chiefs Have not Disappointed President Buhari and Nigerians – Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai Says
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Service Chiefs Have not Disappointed President Buhari and Nigerians – Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai Says

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, says contrary to the belief of many, he and other service chiefs have not disappointed President Buhari and the nation in the discharge of their responsibilities, since their appointment by the President in 2015. Buratai said this in a meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, at the Nigerian Army Super camp four located in Faskari, Katsina State. In his words “Exactly five years ago, I was in Ndjamena, Chad Republic, when I heard the announcement of General Olanisakin as the Chief of Defence Staff as well as my own appointment as Chief of Army Staff. We are grateful to Almighty God for giving us good health to lead the armed forces. It is a thing of joy to say that we are quite grateful to the Presiden...
Solomon Dalung Blasts President Buhari’s Government Over Killings In North
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Solomon Dalung Blasts President Buhari’s Government Over Killings In North

Former Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, Attacks President Buhari's Government Over Killings In North, Calls For Sack Of Service Chiefs Former Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has while lamenting the persistent killings in Nigeria's Northern region described the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government as the worst in the country's history. Dalung, in a trending video on his verified Facebook page, decried how innocent citizens were being killed across the Northern region despite huge security expenditure. He reminded President Buhari that more Nigerians residing in the North were being killed under his watch than at any time other time in history. Speaking in Hausa language, Dalung, who served as a minister under Buhari from 2015 to 2019, described the regime as a failure. ...
Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President
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Non-Performing Service Chiefs Can Go – Senate President

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Sunday said any officer found short of expectations should be shown the way out if he refuses to go. Lawan, who briefed State House reporters after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the National Assembly was ready to receive supplementary budget to tackle the security challenge, including the recruitment of more personnel in various security agencies in the country. He said the resources must be provided to empower the security agencies to fight the Boko Haram in the North East, banditry and other security challenges across the country. Lawan, who said the security situation in the country especially in the northern part of the country required that more resources be given to the security agencies, added that...
Buhari, Lawan Meet In Aso Rock
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Buhari, Lawan Meet In Aso Rock

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed doors with the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan at the State House, Abuja on Sunday. The meeting was centred on the security challenges in the country, performance of the Service Chiefs, and the crisis tearing the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, apart. Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said that he briefed the President on what was discussed on the floor of the senate as it concerns the myriads of security challenges that have bedevilled the country. According to him, “You know that the country is facing many serious and deep security challenges and I have come to meet with Mr President to discuss with him what we have discussed in the senate previously that we shoul...
Sack Security Chiefs– Fani-Kayode to Buhari
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Sack Security Chiefs– Fani-Kayode to Buhari

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack all his Service Chiefs. Fani-Kayode made the call while faulting the query Buhari issued to Services Chiefs yesterday, following the continued killings in Nigeria. In a tweet, the former Minister said the President should be courageous enough to sack his Service Chiefs and not just query them. He tweeted: “Don’t just query your Service Chiefs but muster the courage to SACK them! Be bold, decisive and strong! “People are being slaughtered all over the country. They have failed WOEFULLY and a change of guard is needed. Don’t you know that our blood is red and that NIGERIAN LIVES MATTER too?” Buhari had yesterday said he would no longer tolerate excuses...
Your Best Not Good Enough – Buhari To Service Chiefs
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Your Best Not Good Enough – Buhari To Service Chiefs

The President is unhappy with the current state of the security situation in the country. Disclosing this to State House Correspondents on Thursday, after a security briefing, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd.), said the President had charged managers of the nation’s security to redouble their efforts. According to Monguno, the President said, though the security chiefs had been doing their best, their best had not been good enough for the challenges facing the nation. He has therefore declared that excuses will no longer be tolerated, even as he said he expects everyone to live up to expectations. He also expressed displeasure over the lack of synergy amongst security forces and charged the various aspects of the security architecture to...
President Buhari in a Closed Door Meeting with Service Chiefs
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President Buhari in a Closed Door Meeting with Service Chiefs

President Buhari is currently in a meeting with Service Chiefs at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The Service Chiefs, led by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, arrived the presidential villa at 08:50am and proceeded straight to the Council Chambers. The President joined the meeting at 09:00 GMT and the meeting immediately went into a closed session. The Service Chiefs are expected to brief State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting. Nigeria has witnessed increased banditry attacks in recent days and the security meeting is expected to find lasting solutions to the problem.
Non-performing Service Chief Should be Sacked — Senate President, Ahmad Lawan
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Non-performing Service Chief Should be Sacked — Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Thursday June 11, called for the sack of underperforming service chiefs. The senate president made the comment after Borno North senator, Abubakar Kyari raised a point of order over the massacre of over 81 people in Gubio village, part of the district he represents.   Ahmad said; “The Senate has passed several resolutions on the insecurity in the country with all stakeholders carried along, but the issue has persisted.” “The stand of the Senate should be that people who have performed in office should be allowed to stay in such office." The federal government was also urged to deploy the armed forces and other security agencies to beef up personnel around the Lake Chad shores. The is coming ahead of a meeting between the leaders...
Buhari Meets Service Chiefs At Presidential Villa
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Buhari Meets Service Chiefs At Presidential Villa

The meeting of the National Security Council at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja. The meeting which is being presided over by @MBuhari, is summoned over the recent security challenges in Katsina, Nasarawa, Kaduna and elsewhere.
Why NSA Monguno Didn’t Attend Buhari’s ‘Special Meeting’ With Service Chiefs
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Why NSA Monguno Didn’t Attend Buhari’s ‘Special Meeting’ With Service Chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday held what was called a ‘special consultation’ with the service chiefs behind closed-doors but Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.) was absent. The meeting was attended by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. – Gen Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas. The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, also attended the meeting. President Muhammadu Buhari meets with the service chiefs Daily Trust learnt that Monguno did not attend the meeting because he had travelled out of the country to represent President Buhari at Munich Security Summit. The NSA, who is expected to return to the country tomorrow (Tuesday) via...
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President Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs

President Buhari today met with all the service chiefs in his office in the state house, Abuja. Present at the meeting were the Chief of Defence of Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Army Staff. LT Tukur .Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammad Adamu. Nigerians have called for the sack of all the service chiefs due to the high rate of insecurity in the country.
We Can’t Sack Service Chiefs Now – Presidency
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We Can’t Sack Service Chiefs Now – Presidency

The Presidency on Tuesday broke its silence over the persistent calls for the sack of the service chiefs’, saying “this is not the right time to sack head of security agencies”. Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha disclosed this in Abuja at a book launch while fielding questions from journalists. “You don’t sack people like that. There are processes and I believe that, at the opportune time, those processes will be followed. You don’t just wake up and say sack people, it doesn’t happen like that,” he said.
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2,000 Hired To Protest Against Service Chiefs On Monday — Presidency

The Presidency, on Saturday, alleged of a plot by the opposition represented by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), to hire about 2000 persons to participate in an ‘orchestrated’ protest march against the nation’s security service chiefs. Revealing this is a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency also revealed that a recent clip showing a few persons booing during President Muhammadu Buhari’s sympathy visit to Maiduguri last week was part of a scheme to sell a lie about the administration to the undescerning. The statement, however, described those behind the planned protest, which it said followed in the pattern of those recently mounted against justices of the Supreme Court, as beneficiaries ...
PDP hired 2,000 People to Protest Against Service Chiefs on Monday – Presidency
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PDP hired 2,000 People to Protest Against Service Chiefs on Monday – Presidency

The Presidency has accused the People's Democratic Party (PDP) of hiring about 2,000 people to stage a protest against service chiefs on Monday, February 17. In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, the Presidency also insisted that the opposition party hired people to boo Buhari when he paid a condolence visit to Borno state over the killings of 30 persons. The Presidency stated that it is part of a grand scheme to sell a lie about the administration to the undescerning. The statement reads; “The Presidency wishes to caution a section of the political class against misleading the public and inciting protests against the heads of military institutions. “This has become necessary in view of received ...
A President And His ‘Tired’ Service Chiefs By Olalekan Adetayo
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A President And His ‘Tired’ Service Chiefs By Olalekan Adetayo

On July 13, 2015, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in a sweeping shakeup of the nation’s security sector, approved the appointment of new service chiefs and a National Security Adviser. The appointments were made less than two months after his inauguration, having formally taken over the mantle from ex- President Goodluck Jonathan on May 29, 2015. The appointments of the new service chiefs were contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. The Presidency explained then that the move was part of the regime’s strategies to crush the Boko Haram insurgency. The new appointees, according to Adesina’s statement, were Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Abayomi Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen....
Insecurity: Reps Pass Motion Urging All Service Chiefs To Resign
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Insecurity: Reps Pass Motion Urging All Service Chiefs To Resign

The House Of Representatives, on Wednesday, passed a motion urging all the Service Chiefs to resign over the increasing rate of insecurity in the country. In the motion which was unanimously adopted by members after three hours debate, the House declared that the Service Chiefs have outlived their usefulness as they failed woefully to proffer solutions to the security challenges facing the nation.
We Why Failed To Honour Reps Summon Last Friday – Defence Chief
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We Why Failed To Honour Reps Summon Last Friday – Defence Chief

The Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin has given the reason service chiefs failed to honour the summon by the House of Representatives last Friday. According to Olonisakin, the service chiefs recognised the concern of the house but were unable to appear on that day “due to other national assignments”. The defence chief, who spoke on Monday at a meeting with the leadership of the green chambers, said their absence from the meeting was not a deliberate act to disrespect the lawmakers. “We are here to listen to the security concerns of the house and address them with the support of the legislature,” Olonisakin said. “Our various chiefs of operations were here to represent us, they are senior officers in charge of the various headquarters and are qualified to respond to...
Service Chiefs Succumb To Speaker’s Threat, Appear Before NASS
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Service Chiefs Succumb To Speaker’s Threat, Appear Before NASS

The Federal House of Representatives is finally meeting with heads of security agencies across the country. In a tweet by the lower legislative chamber, it said the meeting is aimed at discussing security situation of Nigeria. The service chiefs, who had on Friday last week failed to appear before the house are now at the meeting before as at 2 p.m. The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, who had expressed disappointment at the action of the service chiefs described it as an insult to the Parliament. He thereafter promised to report the matter to President Muhammadu Buhari. The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, was however absent, as well as the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu in the meeting which has now gone behind closed doors.
Gbajabiamila Came Under Fire For Threatening To Report Service Chiefs To Buhari
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Gbajabiamila Came Under Fire For Threatening To Report Service Chiefs To Buhari

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has come under attack over his recent threat to report the service chiefs to President Muhammadu Buhari, for failing to honour an invitation to a meeting on security. Gbajabiamila gave the warning in Abuja on Wednesday when the management of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms led by the Director-General, Mr Dasuki Arabi, visited him. Reacting, however, the Arewa Citizens for Democracy (ACD) said the fact that Gbajabiamila could only threaten to report the service chiefs to President Buhari is an admission of his screaming incompetence. “He is aware that he does not possess the powers he attempted to exercise over the military,” AbdulGafar Usman, President of ACD said at a press conference on Sunday in Kaduna. ...

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