ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Amid worsening insecurity in Nigeria, the president has replaced all of the country’s chiefs of service.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s action on Tuesday comes after several years of calls by the public and federal lawmakers for the military commanders to be dismissed.
The Senate and the House of Representatives had passed separate resolutions calling for the heads of service to be replaced as security deteriorated in northeastern Nigeria, where a more than ten-year uprising by the Islamic jihad group Boko Haram killed thousands. Uncertainty was heightened by banditry in the north and ransom kidnappings across the country.
President’s spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement that Buhari accepted the immediate resignation of the chiefs of service and their resignation from the service. Buhari appointed new chiefs of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force.