The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari to probe the recently removed service chiefs, saying removing them is not the end in itself.
The party, which described the removal of the service chiefs as ‘belated,’ said the soldiers, who have also been retired, should be made to account for their stewardship.
In a statement on Tuesday, the party said the changes in the military is coming at the wrong time because much “harm had already been done to our national security.”
It described the security situation of the country as having degenerated into an abysmal state, leading to the “loss of lives, economic recession with excruciating hardship as well as widened divisions.”
While attributing President Buhari’s “unpatriotic, self-conceited and narrow-minded approach to leadership” to the escalated insecurity, the PDP told the new service chiefs to restore professionalism and “brace up to the challenges of our nation.”
It added that during the dismissed army chiefs’ inglorious tenure, many drops of rain fell leaving tons of debris behind in terms of security sabotage.
The opposition party said the outgoing service chiefs have been alleged to have engaged in looting and sabotage of the security efforts.
President Buhari on Tuesday announced the appointment of new service chiefs following the resignation of the country’s military leaders.
Buhari in a tweet via his official Twitter handle noted that he has accepted the immediate resignation of the service chiefs and their retirement from service.
Those involved are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.