The House of Representatives yesterday took the bull by the horn calling for the resignation of the service chiefs or to be sacked by the President as they have run out of ideas to tackle insecurity in the country. This was a fall out from a three-hour debate during plenary on the nation’s security following
The House of Representatives yesterday took the bull by the horn calling for the resignation of the service chiefs or to be sacked by the President as they have run out of ideas to tackle insecurity in the country.
This was a fall out from a three-hour debate during plenary on the nation’s security following a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon, Mohammed Tahir Mongunu and 14 others, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Service Chief if they failed to resign their position.
Mongunu in his motion titled “Need to Curb the Incessant Attacks of the Boko Haram Insurgents in the North-East Zone” expressed worries about the recent upsurge in attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East zone.
“Recently, the insurgents have forced the Nigerian Military to close traffic on the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road for some days. The Damaturu-Maiduguri Road is the only access from Maiduguri to other parts of Nigeria” said Mongunu.
On his part, Abubakakar Fulata (APC, Jigawa) called for the withdrawal of security personnel serving in the north east and their replacement with new personnel, adding that the long overstay of the security personnel has largely contributed to their inefficiency as they were tired of remaining there.
More pungently,Abubakar Fulata, said that the service chiefs had outlived their usefulness and it will be to the detriment of the country if these men keep doing the same thing repeatedly and expect a different result in tackling the security challenges Nigeria is grappling with.
The lawmaker stressed the need for the service chiefs to resign since President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to sack them.
He also called for the redeployment of soldiers serving in various theatres of war in the North-East region of the country suggesting that the soldiers should be replaced to improve the onslaught against insurgents in the region.
Presiding over the plenary, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put the question, as moved by Fulata, to the lawmakers whether the service chiefs should resign and leave their offices.
Although there was a divide among the members in their response, a majority of the lawmakers answered in the affirmative and the resolution was passed.
While the performance of the service chiefs was in focus at the House of Representatives chamber, national security was also the major discussion in the Senate.
As in the green chamber, the red chamber also asked President Buhari to declare a national security emergency. The Senate Minority Leader called for the resignation of the government.
The service chiefs include the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; and the Chief of Naval Staff, Ibok Ekwe Ibas