– President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to sack the service chiefs
– Governor Nyesom Wike made the calls, saying it is high time the federal government introduced people with new “ideas and strategy”
– The Rivers governor also expressed worries over the “internal insecurity situation in Nigeria”
Amid tragic rises in insecurity across the country, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs.
Wike made the calls on Friday, January 15, during the ceremony organised to mark the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
According to the governor, the sack of the service chiefs will usher in fresh “ideas and strategy in tackling the threats to internal insecurity.”
He also noted that Boko Haram, bandits and killer herdsmen are overrunning communities and randomly killing and abducting helpless people.
The governor, however, commended the security chiefs for their service and patriotism to the country especially in the fight against terrorism and sundry crimes.
“We thank the Service Chiefs for their efforts so far in the battle against the insurgents. But we also align with the concern of citizens that having seemingly reached their wit end, they should now give way for fresh hands and ideas to give the fight the impetus that it so strongly needs to ensure that Boko Haram and killer bandits are comprehensively defeated and smoked out of existence.
“The time has come for the Federal Government to stop the preteens, change strategy, seek help from our friends and confront the urgency of the internal insecurity situation in Nigeria with every weaponry at its disposal to stop the killing, free all hostages and improve the physical security of our country for all Nigerians.”
Wike, who noted that a country is as strong as its military, said the ability of the Nigerian security forces to defeat common enemies Boko Haram is endangering the too much of lives.
Sacking of service chiefs at Buhari’s mercy – Presidency
Meanwhile, the Nigerian presidency has described as “out of place” the mounting demands for the sacking of the Nigerian service chiefs over the spate of insecurity in the country.
Garba Shehu, senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari said this on Monday night, November 30, in an interview with Arise TV.
Shehu said the service chiefs “serve at the pleasure of the president” and since President Buhari is satisfied with their performance, the calls for their sack is out of place.
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