Presidency Refutes Story on Replacement of Olonisakin, Ibas as Service Chiefs

The presidency has countered the allegations that it substituted two of its Service Chiefs.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, he said it is detrimental to publish an unsubstantiated report without recourse to establishing facts.

It said: “It is necessary to respond to a fictive story published in today’s edition of New Telegraph Newspaper, to the effect that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the replacement of Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, as Service Chiefs.

“The newspaper, rather than rush to print an unsubstantiated story, would have done better to confirm the information at its disposal, from many available military and government information channels. It then would have avoided the self-inflicted wound of publishing a one-legged story that is not completely true, and damaging its brand in the process.

“Gen Olonisakin is due to retire from the Army next week, having satisfied the official number of years in service. He is yet to be replaced. But the Chief of Naval Staff has a short while more, and President Buhari could, therefore, not have approved his replacement yet.”

It further said, the Buhari administration is committed to transparency and accountability; this the statement said: “one of the hallmarks of that is making information available to the media.”

The Special Adviser, advised media practitioners, to always “cross-check and double check information”, rather than speculating.


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