It is not easy for Buhari to sack service chiefs – SGF tells Nigerians

Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) has said it is not easy for President Muhammadu Buhari to sack service chiefs.


Mr Mustapha stated this on Tuesday while addressing newsmen after a book presentation titled CAN, Religion, politics and power in Nigeria by former General Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN) Engr Samuel Salifu.

There have been calls from Nigerians to  the president advising him to oust service chiefs over rising insecurity across the country.

Although the National Assembly joined in making the call, the president seems unperturbed and has looked the other way.


For the SGF, there are processes that must be followed by the president in ousting the service chiefs, saying it is not easy as those making the calls think.

“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,” Mr Mustapha stated.

He called for the cooperation of Nigerians in ensuring the country is safe.


“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 live. I think that should be our main focus,” he said.

“We are in a very difficult time now. We need everybody to be on board. We need synergy within intelligent 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,” the SGF added.

Meanwhile, the presidency has said ousting the security chiefs will not stop insecurity across the country.

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