Ohanaeze Backs Senate’s Call for Resignation of Service Chiefs

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Nnia Nwodo

Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, thursday supported the call by the Senate for the removal of the present service chiefs.

It said their continued retention was becoming a national and international embarrassment.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo described the response of the Senior Special Adviser to the President to the call as unacceptable and an insult to Nigerians who were receiving the brunt of the attacks and killings on daily basis.

The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Emeka Attamah, said Ohanaeze wondered why the federal government has refused to save the nation from undeserved calamity.

The statement read in part, “What was special about the current service chiefs that made them indispensable? It is unconstitutional to keep a worker in service long after he is due for retirement.

“It was not surprising that there are overt dissensions in the military with soldiers resigning in their numbers due to dissatisfaction and disaffection coupled with the alleged corruption in the force.

“The situation now suggests that there is more to their retention than the interest of the country which the Federal government needs to explain to Nigerians.”