OrderPaperToday – For the third time in a row, the senate has demanded the sack of service chiefs in charge of Nigeria’s armed forces.

This latest call during today’s plenary is on the heels of a massacre of rice farmers in Zabarmari, Borno state by Boko Haram,

Miffed by the dastardly incident, the Senate called for the sack of service chiefs and that their replacements be made by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that in January this year, some senators urged President Buhari to appoint new service chiefs after deliberating a motion on national security challenges.

Again in July, the red chamber told service chiefs directly to step aside after a motion moved by Senator Ali Ndume because they are due for retirement and in light of the worsening insecurity.

But the presidency replied noting that only the President has the prerogative to sack or appoint Security chiefs.

Today, in another debate after the onslaught of multiple figures of confirmed deaths from several sources, the calls were renewed in a point of order raised by Senator Kashim Shettima (APC, Borno).

Shettima said at least 67 farmers were killed.

“They were working in their farmlands and there was no form of resistance or challenge from the security agencies stationed a few kilometres away.

“The Nigerian military in conjunction with other security agencies up till today have not been able to quell the insurgency affecting the region in spite the slogan by government officials that the insurgents have been technically defeated.

“The primary objective of government is the protection of its citizens. Protecting the lives and property of citizens is the primary obligation of government.”

Consequently, the following prayers were adopted:

  • The President of the federal Republic of Nigeria was urged to “immediately initiate a transitionary of phasing out the current overstayed service chiefs and replacing them with new ones with new ideas and solutions.”
  • That Buhari take immediate steps to restructure, remodel the country’s security architecture and provide enough state-of-the-art weapons and equipment to effectively combat the insurgents.
  • That the President immediately orders a probe into widespread allegations and leakages within the security structure and put mechanism in place to foster transparency and ensure all resources deployed for security are spent on the needs on ground.

The upper legislative chamber sought the recruitment of 10,000 Civilian Joint Task Force members to join in the fight against insurgency.

The legislators also requested for the massive recruitment into security agencies.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan in his remarks appealed to his colleagues not to despair particularly because there have been several debates and resolutions in that regard.

“I want to urge us not to despair. I believe that these resolutions should be implemented by the executive, they are not frivolous. Security should take the centre stage more than anything else”, he said.


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