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Service Chiefs: Buhari refused to act because he is afraid of coup, says ex-Senator

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Ex-Senator from Kano Rufai Hanga has explained why  President Muhammadu Buhari refused to sack the service chiefs despite poor performance.

Acccording to him, he is still retaining the Service Chiefs because he is afraid of a coup.

In an interview with The Sun, Hangs recalled that the National Assembly had, on different occasions, advised Buhari to remove the military chiefs.

He said, “The Senate and the House of Representatives have made this call several times, but the president has refused to act for the reasons best known to him. Some people say he is afraid of coup.

“He once mentioned it that he didn’t want to change the Service Chief because there were very ambitious officers down the ladder. That means he is afraid of coup. The most unfortunate thing is that these Service Chiefs have over stayed their usefulness.

“Some of them have spent 40 years in service. The rule is that you retire after 35 years of service or upon the attainment of 60 years of age. Some of these people have spent far and above their age of retirement so much that the junior officers are being retired.”

He said that the lawmakers have since failed to take a decisive action to enforce their demand, saying that the threat is empty.

“The resolution is empty because the president has refused to budge to their demand. So, there is nothing they can do.”

“What has he not said before? If he refuses to appear before the House, nothing will happen”, he asserted