*Says Defence Chief Retiring, Navy Boss Still Around
The Presidency, on Monday refuted a newspaper report that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the replacement of Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, as Service Chiefs.
A statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, described the report as mischievous.
It noted that contrary to the unsubstantiated story,”Gen Olonisakin is due to retire from the Army next week, having satisfied the official number of years in service.”
While no replacement has been named for the position, the statement Moreso that “the Chief of Naval Staff has a short while more,” following which the President could not have approved his replacement yet.
Continuing, Adesina stressed that “this administration has repeatedly pledged commitment to transparency and accountability, and one of the hallmarks of that is making information available to the media.
“But when some sections of the media would rather speculate, than cross-check and double check information, then it borders on deliberate mischief. That, surely, is not the way to go, for national cohesion and development.
The newspaper, Adesina continued, could have confirmed the information from many available military and government information sources, thereby avoiding “the self-inflicted wound of publishing a one-legged story that is not completely true, and damaging its brand in the process.”