According to report reaching oyogist.com, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina, have reportedly told Nigerians that they’re not in position to assess the newly appointed Service Chiefs.
Adesina notes that the people had no right to assess them as he noted that they’re ‘bloody civilians’ , stating that they had no military knowledge. “You and I would not be able to assess them because we are civilians. To use the word of the military, we are bloody civilians. We would not know. So, we are not in a position to assess these service chiefs and why they were appointed.
The newly appointed Service Chiefs by the President are Major-General Leo Irabor (Chief of Defence Staff); Major-General Ibrahim Attahiru as (Chief of Army Staff); Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo as (Chief of Naval Staff); and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao as (Chief of Air Staff).
“The style of the president is to call for service records. He would scrutinise many and then he can make up his mind on who is best suited (for the job). Don’t forget that other people like the minister of defence and other retired general he would consult and those who know. And he has come up with choices that he thinks are best for Nigerians at this time.”
He also noted that some certain appointments that are subject to federal character and that the Service Chiefs aren’t subjected to the federal character.
“There are certain appointments that are subject to federal character. For instance, the constitution says there must be a minister from each state of the country but there are certain appointments that are also not subject to federal character and one is in the security.
“They (service chiefs) are not subject to federal character, it is about competence and ability to deliver. So, the president would appoint whoever he thinks would deliver and to the best level for the country.
“Appointments that are subject to federal character would be done accordingly and those that are subject to the prerogative of the president, he would do it according to his prerogative.”