- The tenure of the service chiefs has been extended to December 2017
- The extension of their tenure was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2016
- However, the chief of army staff Tukur Buratai's tenure, was extended to last till next year
The Presidency has said that the tenure of the service chiefs have been extended to December 2017, ThisDay reports.
The presidency also said that the bickering over the expiration of the tenure of the service chiefs due to end on July 13, 2017 is unwarranted.
A senior source at the Presidency said all the service chiefs got an extension of their tenure last December.
The source said due to the extension, it is not expected that the chiefs step down until December 2017.
While the tenure of the chief of defence, chief of air staff and the chief of naval staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, Abubakar Sadique and Ibok-Ete Abas will expire in December 2017, that of the chief of army staff Tukur Buratai would not expire until next year.
The source said General Olonisakin, by virtue of his age or length of service in the Nigerian Army was due for retirement last December, but had his tenure extended by Buhari.
The source said: “Mr. President’s decision to extend their tenure was strategic because he believed that Gen. Olonisakin, as the head of the Armed Forces, could not be retired in the middle of the war against Boko Haram.
“So, Mr. President decided to extend not only Gen. Olonisakin’s tenure, but that of the Chiefs of Air and Naval Staff by one year.
“In the case of Gen. Buratai, he was a member of Course 29 in the Nigerian Army, meaning that he has not attained the retirement age or maximum length of service yet," the source added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported how President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed the service chiefs on July 13, 2015.
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The chiefs based on the Armed Forces Terms and Conditions of Service are expected to serve two years although their tenure could be extended by the president provided they have not exceeded the retirement age of 65 or even attained the maximum length of the service.
But, since the absence of the president who is away on a medical vacation in the United Kingdom,concerns within the military has skyrocketed over the fate of the chiefs.
There were also question if Yemi Osinbajo as an Acting President could replace the service chiefs or not.
NAIJ.com gathered that some senior officers in the military have started making moves for possible replacement among their serving colleagues with the expectation of a two-year expiration of tenure for the service chiefs.
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