Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, is calling on the International Criminal Court and other relevant authorities to investigate the tenure of the ex-Service Chiefs who were sacked on Tuesday by President Muhammad Buhari.
Mr Fayose who said this while reacting to the news of the sacked service chiefs (now ex-service chiefs), said they should be investigated, most importantly for human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings under their watch and commands.
“The new Service Chiefs should learn from their immediate predecessors and remember nothing lasts forever.
It is my call to the ICC and other relevant authorities that tenure of the “sacked” Service Chiefs should be investigated, most importantly human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings under their watch and commands,” he said.
He continued by adding:
“The sacked Service Chiefs only served themselves and their pockets and can at best be described as “Disservice Chiefs” under whom Nigeria became completely insecure.
Though coming after persistent pressure from Nigerians, President Buhari’s removal of the Service Chiefs and their replacement is a right step in the right direction.
It is yet another victory for the people of Nigeria,” he added about the ex-service chiefs.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday 26th January 2021, announced the appointment of new service chiefs after a prolonged call from Nigerians to have them replaced over worsening security situation in the country.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina confirmed the appointment. He said the President has named the replacements for the sacked service chiefs and the names of the new service chiefs and posts were given as:
Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff
Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff
Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff
Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.
The President had said this about the new appointment and the ex-service chiefs:
“I have accepted the immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service. I thank them all for their overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to Nigeria, and wish them well in their future endeavours”.