President Muhammadu Buhari did not drop any service chief, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali, has said.
An online platform and a national newspaper had reported that that the president had sent letters to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, and Chief of the Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, directing them to hand over their offices on or before Friday, 16 December.
The Minister of Defence said there was no such communication to them.
A statement by Col. Tukur Gusau, the Public Relations Officer to the Minister of Defence, said: “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Defence Mansur Muhammad Dan-Ali was drawn to some online publications claiming that he has sent letters to the Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and Chief of the Naval staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas directing them to hand over their offices on or before Friday, 16 December.
“Please be informed that there was no such communication between the office of the Honourable Minister of Defence and the service chiefs directing any one of them to hand over his office and proceed on retirement. The appointment and replacement of service chiefs is a prerogative responsibility of the office of the President and Commander in Chief.
“Please endevour to always balance your stories from the right sources to avoid mischief”.