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Borno Senator calls for the removal of service chiefs

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Senator representing Borno Central District, Kashim Shettima has once again called for the removal of the service chiefs. 

The senator who is also a former governor of the embattled Borno has been vocal about the removal of the service chiefs reiterated his call in an interview with Arise TV on Monday. 

He said that the service chiefs deserve to go because they have done their best and their best is not best  

He then gave examples of past administration that have changed their service chiefs and said that it is normal to change undeserving chiefs. 

Shettima said, “Why I was agitating for the removal of the security chiefs has to do with the fact that they have given their best but their best is no longer good enough. Shehu Shagari had three service chiefs in his four years of stewardship.

“Obasanjo in his second coming started with Victor Malu, he had Alex Ogbemudia and subsequently he had Martin Luther Agwai before he had Azazi as his Chief of Army Staff.

“Jonathan and Yar’Adua started with General Yusuf. Subsequently, they had Abdulrahman Bello Dambazzau, then Azubuike Ihejirika and then Kenneth Minimah. In eight years, they had four service chiefs. 

“The current Chief of Defence Staff is course 25. He is in his 41st year of service. Is he so indispensable? The current Chief of Army Staff is course 26. The current Major-Generals did not meet them in the NDA. Are they so indispensable?

“Nobody is indispensable. And the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We believe that morale is high; there is the need for an injection of people with new ideas, with fresher perspectives to come and address the issues.

“By June next year, Course 35 is going without reaching the pinnacle of their careers. So justice, equity, fairness and even commonsense demands that these service chiefs should go.”

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