Presidency defends service chiefs, blames Libya for insecurity

THE PUNCH Newspaper- Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said the military is doing a good job and deserves the support of Nigerians.

On the calls for the sack of service chiefs, Shehu said those criticising the President did not have the kind of information he had as regards security and thus could not pass informed commentaries.

The President’s spokesman said this on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme on Monday while reacting to calls for the removal of the service chiefs.

He said, “Our Armed Forces are doing an enormously good job; they are not resting on their laurels but the challenges have mounted because of factors extraneous to the zone and Nigerians should have an appreciation and be sympathetic and see that all of the things about the collapse of Libya are not a fairy tale.

“Europeans for their competing interests in Libya were dropping weapons into villages in Libya. A lot of these elements have found their way into ungoverned spaces in the Sahel. Could it be better with the sacking of the service chiefs? My sense is that the President as the commander-in-chief is not a novice in the first instance.

“He was a military commander, a military head of state and the latitude of opinions available to him is not available to most of the critics. So, it is wrong of them to interlope in a way and begin to speak on matters of which they do not have the competence to pass judgment. I hope I don’t seem arrogant but I am stating the facts as they are.”


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