July 12, 2019
The Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on Friday insisted that the South East is not being marginalized in terms of the appointment of service chiefs by President Muhammadu Buhari On the same note, he maintained his position on the need for service chief to be drawn from all regions and not from one particular region alone.
He said this while addressing journalists in his office in Abuja. He said that security is very important and the president can decide to work with whoever he trusts, irrespective of what part of the country they come from.
In order to ensure that no part of the country is left out, he called for a bill that will see that service chiefs are picked from every region.
“It’s good to also spread the service chiefs (and) I would like for people in the Senate to make a Bill that every region must have a service chief.
The Abia north senator went further to state that selection of service chiefs are not constitutionally specified.
“But when you look at it, a service chief is like a personal staff of the president, they are not really constitutionally owned because you can only work with military men that you trust,” he said.
The vocal senator emphasised that what President Buhari did is in line with the status which has been and maintained by former Heads of state.
“I can take you down to memory lane, all those who have been Heads of state, they did the same thing the president did, there is nothing new.”
It should be recalled that as far back as 2017, Kalu advocated for service chiefs to be drawn across the regions while talking tough on the exclusion of Southeast.
“It doesn’t sound good that you have service chiefs with none from the south-east.“
“No matter who is the president, vice president or Senate president and you should have at least one Igbo among the service chiefs. Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well”