■ Says president omitted zone in First Term, repeated same in second term …Lauds appointment of Gen. Irabo, others
By Olaotan Falade
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent sack and appointment of new service chiefs.
The apex South East organisation in a letter by its president, Amb. Prof. George Obiozor on Wednesday said the change in the security architecture will go a long way to address the nation’s lingering security challenges.
While appreciating the president for the appointment, especially, that of Major General Lucky Irabor who hails from Delta State, the group however berated the president for excluding the South East zone in the appointments.
Reacting to alleged nepotism in the appointment of new service chiefs, The Presidency has said that Buhari has appointed those who are competent and has the ability to deliver as service chiefs.
Speaking in an interview with Channels TV, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Femi Adesina, said that the appointments of security chiefs are not subject to federal character.
Femi Adesina stated that President Buhari can appoint whoever he feels is fit and will deliver the job accurately.
He said: “There are certain appointments that are subject to federal character, for instance, the constitution says that there must be a minister from each state of the country.
“However, there are certain appointments that are not subject to federal character and one of them is in the security.
“In security, It is about competence; it is about the ability to deliver.”
“So, the president will appoint whoever he feels is fit and proper and will deliver to the best for the country and for Nigerians.”
Recall that President Buhari on Tuesday appointed new service chiefs for the nation after he sacked the previous ones.
This was confirmed on Tuesday in a tweet from presidential media aide, Femi Adesina in which he also quoted the president as appreciating the outgone service chiefs for their performance.
The President appointed Maj Gen LEO Irabor as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Maj Gen I Attahiru as Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Rear Admiral A Z Gambo as Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), and AVM I O Amao as Chief of Air Staff (CAS).