Why Jonathan sacked military service chiefs

by ‘Jola Sotubo


The sack of Nigeria’s military heads was announced today by Reuben Abati, President Goodluck Jonathan’s adviser on media and publicity.

Mr. Abati also announced the replacements for the sacked chiefs and issued a press release on the president’s behalf to that effect.

The heads of the armed forces along with the president, who is the Commander-in-Chief, have been under a lot of pressure in recent times due to the insecurity in the nation and especially the violence in the North Eastern part of the country as a result of the activities of religious extremists.

It is believed that the military heads were fired largely due to their failure to put an end to the rampage of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

Premium Times reports:

President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked Nigeria’s service chiefs and appointed new ones.

This was disclosed by presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati, in a message on his twitter handle @abati1990.

“President Jonathan has appointed new Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs. Air Marshal Alex Badeh now CDS. Details shortly..” he tweeted.

There had been speculation the service chiefs would be replaced following their inability to curtail the deadly activities of the extremist Boko Haram sect.

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