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It is illegal for Buhari to continue keeping the Service Chiefs – Shekarau

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Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of breaking the law by refusing to disengage the military service chiefs.

Senator Shekarau, a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC)  made the assertion during an interview on Channels Television Sunrise programme on Thursday morning.

According to Shekarau, who represents Kano Central Senatorial Zone and a former governor of Kano State, the service chiefs are not personal staff of the president but employees of the military and that the civil or public service law requires anybody who has been in the service for 35 years or attained 60 years in terms of age to compulsorily retire.

He further stated that all the service chiefs – Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff and the Chief of Naval Staff have spent more than 35 years in service and all but one have attained 60 years.

It is therefore, in his view illegal for them to continue to remain in service.

Speaking further, the Senator said if the President still needs the advice of the current service chiefs, he could appoint them as Ministers or Advisers after retirement.

Senator Shekarau also called on the service chiefs to be honourable by tendering their retirement letters.

 

 

About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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