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Service Chiefs: President Has Prerogative To Choose Whoever-Adesina




President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu would appoint the next set of service chiefs from whatever regions he so desire.

This is if information credited to Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina is anything to go by.

According to Adesina, the appointment of service chiefs is not subject to ethnic balancing and the federal character principle.

Reacting to the criticisms of President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of service chiefs by the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, Adesina noted that the President Buhari has the right to appoint those he feels are competent to do the job of securing Nigeria against terrorist and bandit attacks without considering their ethnicity.

“Don’t subject security to ethnic balancing, don’t subject security to federal character,” Adesina said on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme.

“In fact, the constitution that prescribes federal character even gives the President some prerogatives that he can appoint on his own.

“Security is something you don’t subject to politics. Security is you bring your best foot forward.

“Look at the echelon of security agencies till 2015, would you honestly say they have all been from one part of the country? Who was the chief of naval staff in the first term of this administration? Was it not a man from Cross River State? Who was the Inspector General of Police at that time? Was it not a man from Edo State? Solomon Arase.

“Security is something you do based on the best. The best and the brightest because all you want is for your country to be secured. The President usually said unless you have secured the country or even an organisation, you cannot efficiently manage it.

“So, you get the best that can help you secure the country. People who begin to subject the headship of security agencies to where it comes from don’t know what they are talking about.”

Asked whether only the northern region has the best hands to secure the country, he said the President has the prerogative to choose whoever.

“What the constitution requires of him is balancing in terms of each state being represented, in terms of certain positions. Most of those positions are prescribed, security is not part of it.

“A President will always have the prerogative to appoint those he feel will help him secure the country and have the kind of country he desires to have,” Adesina said.

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