'We Will Make Buhari Sack Military Chiefs' Senate Fumes
The upper chamber has said that it will persuade the President , President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs, comprising the Chief of Defence Staff , Chief of Air Staff , Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Naval Staff .
The decision came after a motion moved during plenary via a point of order by the Chairman , Senate Committee on Army , Senator Ali Ndume .
Ndume ’ s motion titled ‘ Matter of urgent national importance ’ was premised on the rising number of casualties among the armed forces and other security agencies due to escalating banditry and insurgency in the country. He described the situation as worrisome.
Meanwhile , the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs, Senator Francis Fadahunsi, in his prayer , as an addition to Ndume ’ s point of order , demanded that service chiefs step aside .
The Senate approved the prayer and passed a resolution on it accordingly .
The Presidency , however , reacted immediately, saying the President was not legally bound to act on the resolution of the legislature, while stressing that the President reserved the power to sack or retain the service chiefs .
However, the Senate spokesperson , Senator Ajibola Basiru , while responding to newsmen questions said the red chamber would continue to persuade the President to act on its resolution.
Basiru admitted that the resolution was purely advisory but maintained that it represented the position of Nigerians who elected them into the Senate.
The Senate spokesman also noted that the Senate was deliberating with the executive on the decentralisation of the police and additional recruitment into the Force , adding that the decentralisation was already being worked on .