PDP backs Senate, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, urges President to sack Service Chiefs

From SAMSON AKPU, Abakaliki

Ebonyi State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to heed the Senate and Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s advice and sack the Service Chiefs for lack of performance.
The Senate had at its plenary last week adopted a motion calling on the President to sack the Service Chiefs in the interest of peace and national security.
But the Presidency said it was the prerogative of the President to determine when to relieve the Service Chiefs of their positions and not at the behest of the Senate.
Chairman of PDP in Ebonyi tate, Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi, in a statement he issued in Abakaliki at the weekend, queried the position of the Presidency on the matter.
“What then is the prerogative of the President; the collective will of the people or his personal idiosyncrasies?,” he querried.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to swallow his pride and heed the call of the Senate, saying, “the call represents the collective will of Nigerians.”
Noting that the secuiryt situation in the country has worsened under the watch of the current Service Chiefs, Nwebonyi said the call by the Senate for the resignation or sack of the Service Chiefs by the President “represents the collective will of Nigerians.”
“It is obvious that since the appointment of the present service chiefs, insecurity and insurgency has been escalating in the country,” lamented adding: “The Northwest has been witnessing unprecedented attacks by insurgents while elsewhere in the country, Fulani herdsmen have been unleashing mayhem on innocent Nigerians unchecked. Kidnapping has taken more sophisticated dimensions not to talk of Boko Haram which has seemingly become more powerful than the government.
“All these obtain because the security and defence architecture of the country is completely out of kilter.
“The resolution of the Senate for the sack of the service chiefs is therefore a clarion call that ought to be heeded by the presidency, especially now that the Magu case has turned out to exonerate the senate.
“The Magu Gate is just one good reason for their ouster if they can’t voluntarily resign. The law stipulates 35 years of service for retirement if age permits, but unfortunately, all the service chiefs have put in more than 38 years in service.
“It is unfortunate, however, that the Presidency has rejected the call citing prerogative of the President as reason. What then is the prerogative of the President–the collective will of the people or his personal idiosyncrasies?”
webonyi added: “While one is not exactly criticizing the President, he should understand that his prerogatives have always been anti-people. It is on record that the Chief of Army Staff enrolled into the service in 1981, that is 39 years ago; Chief of Defence Staff, Chief Of Air staff and Chief of Naval Staff all enrolled in 1979, 41 years ago. What then is the President’s prerogative?
“With candour and due respect to the office and person of the President, I vehemently posit that the Service Chiefs should retire or be retired compulsorily.
“I, therefore, call on President Buhari to swallow his pride and heed the resolution of the senate.”
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