The Nigerian Senate has said it is time for President Muhammadu Buhari to fire all the nation’s Service Chiefs, saying they have done their best.
The Senate said the primary function of the government is to protect the lives of citizens and that with the President as the Commander-In-Chief, if there is failure in the military, it means the President is not doing enough.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports this was part of resolutions reached during Tuesday’s plenary session of the Senate following the beheading of 67 farmers by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State.
The Senate charged that the Service Chiefs have outlived their usefulness and that it is now time to take new blood.
The Senate also charged that President Buhari should have gone to Borno State to condole with the government and people of the State and not to send a delegation.
The Senate resolutions read: “Urge the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to immediately initiate the transitionary process of phasing out the current over-stayed security chiefs and replacing them with new ones with new ideas and solutions;
“Urge the President to take immediate steps to restructure, remodel and revamp the country’s entire security architecture and provide enough state-of-the-art weapons and equipment to effectively combat the belligerent power of the insurgents;
“Urge the President to immediately initiate probe into widespread allegations of corruption and leakages within the security structure and put mechanisms in place to foster transparency and ensure all resources meant and deployed for security are actually spent on the needs on ground;
“Impress on the Federal Government to aggressively explore multilateral and bilateral options of partnership with the neighboring nations of Chad, Niger and Cameroon towards reviving and strengthening the Multinational Joint Task Force and finding a lasting solution to the insurgency to the scourge of insurgency in the Lake Chad region;
“Impress on the Federal Government as a matter of urgency, recruit at least 10,000 civilian JTF, versatile with the local terrain in Borno as Agro-Rangers under the aegis of the NCDSC to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Armed forces; and
“Direct NEMA, NEDC and Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to compensate the families of the 67 that were killed in this incident, and provide succor and psychological support to the bereaved families;
“Impress on the Federal Government to provide proper welfare for security personnel fighting in the frontlines and give prime attention to the compensation and welfare of fallen soldiers as that would boost the soldiers morale and aid their concentration;
“Finally, as a way of proffering long term solution to Nigeria’s existential security challenges, the Federal and States Government must adequately address all immediate and remote causes of insecurity in the nation”.