The continued retention of the country service chiefs in office by President Muhammadu Buhari, has once again, been fingered to pose a great danger to the ongoing fight against insecurity in the country.
Though military sources have indicated that there was nothing morally and legally wrong with their continued stay in office, observers are of the view that everything psychological was wrong with the action, as it negatively affects the career of other officers in the service.
Some analysts, including security operatives, believe that the present crop of security chiefs have gone bankrupt of ideas to fix things in the sector, as their subordinates do not appear very willing to go the whole miles for them any longer.
Aare Oladotun Hassan, a legal practitioner, believes that their continued retention is hampering the fight against insecurity that has almost gone out of hand in some parts of the country.
Hassan said, “It is highly unreasonable to jettison due processes and allow unfettered display of crudity, arbitrariness and unlawful use of the office.
“This is a brief description of what the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has displayed, by allowing and instilling his prerogative of powers on the long-overdue change of guard at the helms of the nation’s security affairs.
“It is crystal clear that the highest security apparatus, the Army, Air Force, and Navy, concurrently, has failed woefully in the discharge of their statutory duties in the protection of the nation’s territorial boundaries from insurgents and terrorists, in gross violation of the prescribed tenure of the service chiefs.”
Also speaking in the same vein, Goddy Uwazurike, a lawyer, noted that the present service chiefs “are the longest-serving service chiefs in the past 20 years.
They are also among the least performing chiefs during the period. “So, it is safe to assume that they are serving at the pleasure of Mr. President only.
It is also imperative to believe that Mr. President is satisfied with their performance.
“The widely held view that there is a need for fresh blood and brain does not bother Mr. President. As a matter of fact, many people have lost faith in the expected rejig of the security architecture of Nigeria,” said Uwazurike. On his part, an Abuja-based civil rights advocate, Ezenwa Nwagwu, who expressed a divergent view, said the service chiefs should be left to carry out their duties in peace, as they could not be removed from office based on public opinion, but empirical facts.
An Abuja-based security analyst and Public Relations consultant, who doesn’t want his name in print, said that officers and soldiers were tired of the present leaderships of the various services and desired changes.
He insisted that the service chiefs have lost their relevance in the eyes of their officers, and were no longer being taken seriously, having also run out of new ideas to redeem the country from the present security quagmire.
Nonetheless, Nwagwu, who disagreed with the assertion, stressed that some persons outrightly neglect to measure their performances vis-à-vis what previously obtained before the coming onboard of these service chiefs.
He stressed further that in any case, the President who appointed them must be very pleased with them, hence their retention, and there was nothing any public opinion on this could stop.
He said if the military today had succeeded in pushing the Boko Haram terrorists to the fringes of the Lake Chad, with a few of them now becoming common criminals, then, the service chiefs should be given some credits.
“As I speak with you now, there are night buses leaving from Oyingbo to Maiduguri safely, three flights depart and land at Maiduguri International Airport daily because it is now safe.
“Let us not hinge the stay or otherwise of the Service Chiefs on public opinion or what people say.
Let us get empirical facts on the state of insecurity before making analysis,” Nwagu said. He insisted that the security situation is not worse now as it is made to look, arguing that the President may not be given proper briefs on the true situation in the sector.