The Presidency has refuted a story that it has approved the replacement of two Service Chiefs.
Those said to have been slated for replacement are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas.
But presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Monday said this was far from the truth.
Adesina said that while Olonisakin is due for retirement from the Nigerian Army in about another week, Ibas still has a short while to go.
He said Buhari has not approved the retirement of both officers and has no reason to do so.
He added: “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.
“This administration has repeatedly pledged commitment to transparency and accountability, and one of the hallmarks of that is making information available to the media. But when some sections of the media would rather speculate, than cross-check and double check information, then it borders on deliberate mischief. That, surely, is not the way to go, for national cohesion and development.”