In reaction to the removal of Service Chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari, calls have continued to mount from various sections of the country that the immediate past military heads should be probed.
In a press statement signed on Friday, Dr. Garus Gololo, specifically called on President Buhari to set up an independent Commission of Enquiry, to probe the activities of the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai and his Navy counterpart, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas.
Gololo said, he has personally interacted with personnel of the military and could authoritatively say the tenure of Buratai and Ibas was the worst off, buttressing the reason for jubilations over their sack.
“I want the President to probe the former Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Naval Staff. The jubilations amongst Army and Naval officers shows that a lot went wrong under their regime. But as serving officers, they could not have voiced out to avoid being court-marshaled.
“I could still recall how many times Buratai organized court marshal for serving officers, most of whom were fighting insurgencies. Even his two predecessors didn’t do that.
“That was same man that boasted he could end Boko Haram insurgency within 6 months, yet, the security situation became worst after his fruitless and wasted 6 years as Army Chief. Yet, he had the temerity to redeploy the Commander of Ops Lafiya Dole, for failing to capture Shekarau within 6 months.
“Buratai should also tell us why over 270 Nigerian Army personnel resigned from service within 24 hours. Could it be that their entitlements were not being paid? Was their welfare not properly handled? What happened to billions of naira being budgeted and released to Army to purchase weapons and equipments to fight terrorism? Why couldn’t they make any headways with the fight against insurgents, bandits, despite all the allocations?
“Why are Air Force officers not happy that the Chief of Air Staff left? We want the President to assist us get answers to above questions. Failure to probe the two of them, will afford me the opportunity to drag them to court and see that serving officers including families of slain officers get justice”, Gololo said.
He added that, since Buratai enjoyed taking soldiers to Court Martial, he is now in the court of public opinion and the best thing Nigerians want from President Buhari was to bring the aforementioned ex-service Chiefs to account.
President Buhari had on Tuesday, relieved Nigeria’s Service Chiefs of their duties, having served for 6 years and replaced them with new Heads from the ranks and files of the military.