The Labour Party, LP, has frowned at the decision taken by President Muhammadu Buhari’s in the sack of the erstwhile Service Chiefs and the National Security Adviser, NSA, claiming that the President acted in hurry.
If we recall, the President Buhari had on Monday relieved all the Service Chiefs and NSA he inherited from the former administration of their appointments and named the following as their replacements:
– Maj.-Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin (Chief of Defense Staf)
– Maj.-Gen. T.Y Buratai (Chief of Army Staff)
– Rear Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff)
– Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff)
– Air Vice Marshal Monday Riku Morgan (Chief of Defense Intelligence)
– Rtd. Maj.-Gen. Babagaba Monguno (NSA)
However, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the National Chairman of LP, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam declared that, “It is my candid opinion that Mr. President should have exercised a little restraint in sacking the service chiefs; he should not have taken that action in a hurry. He should have considered the totality of what is on ground. But the fact of the matter is that his action may have also been informed by the security report he had. We do not know what is available to him, which made him take that action hastily the way he did it.
“But whatever the information in possession of the President, it is our candid opinion that the President should have waited for some time, to still try the service chiefs before they were bundled out of office. Buhari should have waited because he seems to be acting on the basis of trial and error. Probably, they must have advised him regarding the removal of checkpoints.
“Buhari made pronouncements and removed the checkpoints; no sooner had he removed the checkpoints, then insecurity escalated and Boko Haram started unleashing terror. The government had to eat its word and returned the checkpoints. It is not good enough for a government that has been advocating change,” the statement concluded.