Ex-service Chiefs Gave Insurgents Bloody Noses — Adesina

Femi Adesina: Ex-service Chiefs Gave Insurgents Bloody Noses, Got Rewarded As Ambassadors
Femi Adesina

Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina has expressed that President Muhammadu Buhari rewarded former service chiefs with ambassadorial positions for their success in the fight against Boko Haram.

Recall that President Buhari nominated ex-service chiefs as non-career ambassadors-designate, and sent their names to the senate for confirmation.

Reacting to the development in a Facebook post on Thursday, Adesina said the president is not known for using and dumping people who have done their best.

“Almost everything in our country is accompanied by some sort of furore. You do, you are damned. You don’t do, you are damned. No wonder President Muhammadu Buhari often says in private conversations, when some tumults occur on certain issues: ‘Head or tail, you never win with some Nigerians.’ And he then smiles, to show that he has learnt to live with it,” Adesina wrote.

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“That was what happened last week when the nomination of the immediate past Service Chiefs as non-career Ambassadors was announced.

“The ululation from certain quarters could almost pull down the sky. They claim the Service Chiefs failed. And these critics are people who will miss target if they attempt to fire catapult at an elephant. Poor marksmen!

“But in came Gen Gabriel Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, Chief of Naval Staff, and Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, Chief of Air Staff, and they gave the insurgents bloody noses. Drove them out of places they occupied, even went after them into their spiritual headquarters, Camp Zero, in Sambisa Forest, and took it from them.

“The Service Chiefs did not make a clinical end of insurgency, banditry, and other criminalities in the country. But not for lack of trying. They did their level best, made huge advances, but the times were very difficult. Did they fail as in FAIL? Only in the eyes of those who appreciate nothing, and don’t even know what success is.

“But President Buhari is not in that mould. He would not use people who did their level best, and dump them unceremoniously so that they become objects of derision in the eyes of those who like to see people fall from elevated positions.”

The presidential spokesman added that Buhari is known for rewarding those who serve him faithfully, no matter their status.

See his post below:


  1. Until we have leaders with intent-based, outcome-focused mentality, Nigeria will continue to grope in darkness. Over 5 years ago when these ex-service chiefs were appointed, the President gave them some specific mandate in the fight against insurgency. Did they achieve that? The answer is NO.
    We often hear the President and some of his lieutenants say, ‘we are trying our best..’
    Back in my primary schooldays, there’s what we call, ‘good, better, best’. If their ‘best’ is what I am seeing now, then we still have a long way to go as a nation!!!


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