The Nigerian Navy has distanced itself from the statement credited to a retired naval officer, Mr. Wale Aribatise, that the Minister of Defence, Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd), is bound to follow the chain of command in his relationship with the military.
The Navy in a statement signed by the Director of Information, Commodore Kabiru Aliyu, clarified that the media report titled: â€˜Defence Minister is Bound to Follow Chain of Commandâ€™, is not the position of the service but personal opinion of Aribatise.
“The attention of the Nigerian Navy has been drawn to a statement on the above subject matter attributed to Mr. Wale Aribatise, an ex naval officer, published on page 7 of THISDAY newspaper of March 25, 2014,” Aliyu said.
He further clarified that while it was a fact that Aribatise served in the Nigerian Navy, he retired from the service in 2003, 11 years ago.
“The Nigerian Navy therefore wishes to distance itself from the write-up as it is the personal opinion of the writer and does not originate from the service.
“It is also pertinent to state that Aribatise is not a lawyer with the Nigerian Navy as stated in the publication,” he said.
According to Aliyu, the Nigerian Navy is not responsible in whatever way for the opinions expressed in the article by the writer.