The Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday, added a fresh twist to the demand for the sacking of service chiefs, saying it was not yet the right time.
It would be recalled that a lot of people have been calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs because of the increasing level of insecurity in the country.
The service chiefs have been accused of lacking the ideas that can help in fighting insecurity and terrorist attack being carried out in the country by Boko Haram.
But Mustapha, who spoke at the National Christian Centre in Abuja during the public presentation of a book entitled ‘CAN, Religion and Power in Nigeria,’ specifically stated that there were processes that should be followed in the disengagement of heads of security agencies, insisting that “at the opportune time, those processes will be followed.”
He said: “Well, I don’t think this (sacking of service chiefs) is appropriate for this forum; you don’t sack people like that. There are processes and I believe that at the opportune time, those processes will be followed. You don’t just wake up and say, sack people, it doesn’t happen like that.
“We are in a very difficult time now. We need everybody to be on board. We need synergy within the intelligence community, within the military formations that will help fight this war. We are in a very difficult situation and when we don’t need to begin to create cracks and divisions.
“Who will be the beneficiaries? The adversaries are the ones that are going to exploit those deficiencies and further the cause of destabilising the nation.
“At this moment, we need everybody to be on the same page, fight the battle of securing the nation, protecting lives and property and ensuring that every Nigerian has the opportunity to live a prosperous life. I think that should be our main focus.”