Sacking and Appointment of Security Chiefs; The Solution To Terrorism?

Sacking and Appointment of Security Chiefs; The Solution To Terrorism?

It is no longer news that the President of Nigeria; President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked the heads of the Army, Navy and Air Force. The military chiefs went for a meeting on Monday in the nation’s capital, Abuja, to discuss their operation against the Islamist Boko Haram militant group. Little did they know that their sacking was being prepared for them. It was after the meeting that the news broke out that the President had sacked the security chiefs.

This development left some people rather puzzled while some other people weren’t really surprised. Those affected include Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin, Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu and Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh.

The sack did not come as a surprise as it was expected that the President will select his own security team, hence the relief of the military chiefs who were appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

President Muhammadu Buhari pledged to step up the fight against Boko Haram when he was sworn in at the end of May and it was clear he was not satisfied with the status quo. Amidst various talks that the President would immediately spring into action after assumption of office with regards to changing the cabinet, but I can understand the reason why the President took his time to study things before wielding the axe on the security chiefs. who knows, maybe he needed to calculate certain things right before springing into action. We never can tell; you know?

To quell the hullabaloo, the appointment of new security chiefs came in the same day that the previous ones were sacked. This is interesting. It means that the president is leaving no stone unturned in tackling the security hiccups posed by the dreaded Islamic group Boko Haram.

The president appointed Major-General Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin as Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General T.Y. Buratai as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; and Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff.

He also appointed Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan as Chief of Defence Intelligence; and Retired Major-General Babagana Monguno as National Security Adviser.

However, sacking and reappointment of security chiefs is a step all styled towards fighting the nation’s insecurity, but, do you think it is going to totally ameliorate the nation’s security challenge?

We can only pray that this step is the step that will make the difference in the combat against terrorism in the country.


Jerry Adeyeri

Jerry Adeyeri

Adeyeri O. Jerry is into Public relations, Photography and Event hosting. Trained as an Animal Scientist from the University, yet, his natural flair for communication-oriented activities, arts, music, Public speaking and writing has stood him out among his peers. He is a Peak performance trainer par excellence with a unique way of imparting knowledge via interesting creativity. He also believes in the power of communication to promote brands and create lasting impression in the minds of his target audience. With many years of experience as a Communications personnel, he has embellished various brands with his productive and time-tested public relations skills. He holds a Bachelors Degree from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria.



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