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Nigerians react as Buhari finally boots service chiefs


The move by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to change his service chiefs on Tuesday has received numerous reactions from Nigerians.

It appears to be one move long overdue as many Nigerians have, for long, called for the replacement of the crop of service chiefs following the rise in insecurity in the country.

Speaking on Tuesday, the President on his verified Twitter account said: “I have accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service… I have also appointed new Service Chiefs, to replace the retired officers.”

Nigerians meet your new service chiefs: Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

While there might be a debate amongst some people about whether the service chiefs retired, got sacked or replaced, many will be satisfied that a change has finally been made by the president.

But away from the grammar, context as well as politics, WuzupNigeria brings you the honest opinion of Nigerians from Twitter about the replacement of the service chiefs.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Reno omokri said: “I commend General @MBuhari  for listening to voices of reason and sacking his clueless and nepotistic service chiefs. Good riddance to bad rubbish. It is disappointing that he maintained his practice of appointing largely Northern Muslim males, but half bread is better than none.”

According to Morris Monye, @Morris_Monye: “If President Buhari thinks the Service Chiefs had “Overwhelming achievements” and thinks giving them a soft landing by “accepting their resignation” is the best, then it speaks of incompetence from the Presidency. Saying “I fired them” sends a message that you are in charge.

“But to be honest, President Bihari should have “resigned” with the Service Chiefs. The incompetence is historic! But hey, I will take this small win.”

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