Don’t expect much from service chiefs, Ex-defence chief, minister says


A former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade and former Minister of Defence, Dr. Olu Agunloye have asked Nigerians not to expect much from the new service chiefs.

Akinrinade said the new appointees could only achieve any goal in accordance with the mindset of the President.

Akinrinade said: “I have said it before that changing the service chiefs is not our biggest challenge. What is facing the country in terms of insecurity is the Boko Haram insurgents, Fulani armed herdsmen and farmers crisis and issue of banditry.

“Unfortunately, Mr. President up till now has refused to take a decisive position on the Fulani herdsmen menace, which people misconstrued that he is supporting members of his ethnic groups to perpetrate crime. What exactly will any old or new service chiefs do about this?”

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In the same vein, Agunloye said the replacement of security chiefs would ultimately bring about some changes but whether it would be positive or negative change would depend on what the President wants.

“I am speaking based on my experience in government and one time Minister of Defence. There is nothing the new security chiefs can do outside what their boss, who is the president wants.”