President Muhammadu Buhari is breaking the law in keeping the armed forces service chiefs beyond the mandatory 35 years of service and almost all of them are above 60.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-red-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Shekarau, who represents Kano Central Senatorial District disclosed this on Thursday when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily saying that the service chiefs are not staff of the president but people engaged to work for the Nigerian people under a scheme of service as specified for service chiefs.Shekarau, who represents Kano Central Senatorial District disclosed this on Thursday when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily saying that the service chiefs are not staff of the president but people engaged to work for the Nigerian people under a scheme of service as specified for service chiefs.

He said: “There is one point I think the president is missing and many Nigerians as well. The military is part of the public service and it is governed by the scheme of service.

“In the scheme of service as it is in the public service including the military, there are conditions of when you are to leave automatically.  You either attain the age of 60 or you put in service of 35 years. “Whichever comes first you are supposed to retire. None of them is less than 35 and I think the chief of defence staff has put in 39 years. All the others except the chief of defence staff are more than 60. 

“So even if Mr. President has found them indispensable, allow them to retire just like any other public service as the rule has specified and you can hire them as anything else.”

When asked if President Buhari is breaking the law, the Kano lawmaker replied in the affirmative  saying that President Buhari is not adhering to the rules as the continuous stay of the service chiefs even when they are due to leave is not legal.

Shekarau also talked about the suggestion by Governor Zulum of Borno State asking for mercenaries saying that it won’t be proper to hire mercenaries to tackle Boko Haram insurgents as it won’t help the morale of Nigerian troops.