Why I won’t sack service chiefs, Police IG despite killings – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why he refused to sack his service chiefs and Inspector General of Police despite the many lapses in security.

Buhari who agreed that the performance of Nigeria security apparatus under the service chiefs has been disappointing, however, insisted that removing them is a decision that calls for lots of caution.

The President made  the remarks during a recorded interview session with Thisday Newspaper which was published on Youtube by the media’s sister outlet, AriseTV and monitored by

Asked why he hasn’t changed the Service chiefs, Police IG in spite that they have failed to actualise the goals of containing security threats in the country, Buhari replied:  “I accept responsibility for not changing Service chiefs or Police IG, I am not afraid of either of them having being a soldier for about 20 years”

He furthered: “When you have a case of emergency, you have to be careful before tampering with the position of the head of services without waiting for the appropriate time.I am measuring the options very critically, if you don’t measure your intervention well, you will create  competition within the service, there are so many ambitious person in the service..but only one man can be the Chief of Army Service, Chief of Air Staff or be the Inspector General of Police…”

“Don’t forget that it was this administration that appointed all three, and I did not make the decision on any personal issues, I followed records and thought that I picked the best then. Of course their performance may be disappointing, but having being a minister, head of state and now president I know that handling the military service one needs to be careful because one doesn’t know the ambition of those coming up.

He however stressed that he will take action on the Police IG’ tenure expiration case.

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