President Buhari’s appointment of new armed forces Service Chiefs is rather anti-climatic since it was way long overdue. The new Service Chiefs – Gen. LEO Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, Admiral A.Z. Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff, and AirMarshall I.O. Amao, Chief of Air Force, will hardly enjoy any honeymoon. Their appointment was beclouded by the belated sack of the former service chiefs, on whom the nation, including the National Assembly had virtually passed a vote of no confidence. Two challenges confront the new military bosses: deliver on their statutory mandate of defending the nation, and rebuilding the badly sagged moral within the military. Their erstwhile bosses were perceived to have collectively failed. President Buhari accepting the “immediate resignation of the Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service,” was near ignominious. A third goal, would be to stay true to the military mandate and resist the incremental use of the military for civilian police duties – that itself being the politicization of the military. Finally, the appointments have not sat well with south-easterners, who feel not duly represented in the military top hierarchy. Such concerns are legitimate in a federal setup, more so since there is no dearth of qualified personnel to pick from.
Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.
Selonnes Consult Ltd. is a Strategic Policy, Good Governance and Management Consulting Firm, founded by Mr. Oseloka H. Obaze who served as Secretary to Anambra State Government from 2012-2015; a United Nations official from 1991-2012 and a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer from 1982-1991.