“Replacement Took Too Long” – Nigerians Give Verdict On Service Chiefs


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Although they commended the President for heeding their call, many Nigerians believe that the replacement of the service chiefs could have come earlier.

Nigerians gave their opinion in a poll conducted by leading Nigerian daily The Punch on Tuesday.

The Twitter poll was conducted shortly after the presidency announced the resignation of the service chiefs and the appointment of their replacements.

In a Tuesday statement signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the presidency announced that Major-General Leo Irabor replaced General Abayomi Olonisakin as Chief of Defence Staff; Maj.-Gen. I. Attahiru replaced Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai as Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo replaced Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; and  Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao replaced Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff.

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The outgone service chiefs were appointed in July 2015.

Following the rising spate of insecurity in the country, many Nigerians demanded their replacement to revitalise the war on terror and offer fresh perspectives on tackling banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes that had come to pervade the nation.

The Nigerian Senate on three occasions passed a resolution for Buhari to replace the service chiefs, with the last call coming in December 2020.

In the Punch poll, 91.1 per cent (representing 4971 people) of 5,457 respondents said that the president delayed in replacing the service chiefs.

However, 8.9 per cent (representing 485 people) of 5,457 respondents stated that the replacement of the service chiefs was timely.

See the result of the poll below:

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