The Presidency, on Tuesday, has explained the rationale behind the retaining of the service chiefs, despite calls across the country for their sack, stating that it was not yet the right time.

Speaking at the the public presentation of a book entitled ‘CAN, Religion and Power in Nigeria’ written by a former General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Samuel Salifu, at the National Christian Centre, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, stated that there were processes that should be followed in the disengagement of heads of security agencies insisting that “at the opportune time, those processes will be followed.”

Mustapha said, “Well, I don’t think this (sacking of service chiefs) is appropriate for this forum; 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.

“We are in a very difficult time now. We need everybody to be on board. We need synergy within the intelligence 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.

“At this moment, we need everybody to be on the same page, fight the battle of securing the nation, protecting lives and property and ensuring that every Nigerian has the opportunity to live a prosperous life. I think that should be our main focus.”


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