Northern Elders, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Others to Buhari: Warning to Service Chiefs not enough, sack them

Northern Elders, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Others to Buhari: Warning to Service Chiefs not enough, sack them 2
 L-R; Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Chief of Defence Staff General Abayomi Olonisakin,. Chief of Army Staff, Lt General TY Buratai and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique  Abubakar throughout the Security briefing on the State House held on the Council Chambers Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE, JUNE 18 2020

By Our Correspondents

There is unanimity within the opinion of President Muhammadu Buhari and cross-section of Nigerians on the state of safety and efficiency of Service Chiefs in safeguarding the nation.

The widespread settlement is: Insecurity has worsened and the Security Chiefs have carried out beneath par.

However, that’s the place the consensus ends. If the President believes the perfect of the Service Chiefs isn’t ok, as he pointedly instructed them on Thursday, he ought to sack them instantly, some eminent Nigerians and teams urged.

Indeed, a few of them instructed Sunday Vanguard, yesterday, that it’s unhappy that Buhari is simply realising the non-performance of safety heads 5 years after.

It’s a slap on the wrist — NEF

Describing the President’s rebuke as a slap on the wrist, spokesman for the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, mentioned: “In precept, we commend any effort to enhance the way Nigerians are secured and guarded. Northerners particularly are desperately in want of aid that may solely come from stronger political will and enhanced capability of defence, safety, and regulation and order.

“We will reserve jugdement on the worth of the President’s slap on the wrist. We anticipate a dramatic enchancment within the method Nigerians are protected, or penalties for failure. Apperently the President nonetheless believes Service Chiefs can do higher than their greatest.

“We hope they can improve because our communities are tired of being slaughtered.”

Service Chiefs overdue for sack — Afenifere

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, described the chastisement of the Service Chiefs by Buhari as a welcome growth, saying their sack is lengthy overdue.

Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, mentioned: “We are in additional bother than we might ever think about if it has taken the President 5 years and protest in his residence state to appreciate that the service chiefs are ineffective.

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“And to continue keeping them after thousands of lives have been lost to insecurity in the land is the height of it. What can these people do after his warning which they have not been able to do in five years?”

Rebuke not enough- National President, MBF

National President of Middle Belt Forum, MBF, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, in his response, mentioned: “It is a welcome growth. It implies that the person has abruptly woken as much as the truth on the bottom.

“Nigerians have frequently instructed him that the Service Chiefs are usually not performing and there may be want for him to alter them. The calls have been on for over two years now and for him to now realise that they aren’t performing is nice information.

“The rebuke isn’t sufficient, we wish him to take the subsequent step which is altering them and bringing in new fingers with new concepts.’’

Rebuke too lengthy in coming — Ohanaeze, ASETU, MASSOB, others

Umbrella physique of Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and the Association of South-East Town Unions, ASETU, mentioned the rebuke was too lengthy in coming whereas the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, described it as mere deceit.


President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, mentioned if

Buhari had mentioned so three years in the past when the clamour for change of the Service Chiefs began, quite a lot of lives would have been saved.

Nwodo, reacting by means of his Personal Assistant on Media, Emeka Attama,mentioned: “The President’s rebuke took too lengthy in coming. If he had mentioned this three years in the past or accomplished the needful in altering the Service Chiefs when the clamour began, quite a lot of lives of Nigerians would have been saved.

“His intransigence by refusing to listen to the voice of the majority of Nigerians and various groups is inexplicable and smirks of crime against humanity. He should be held accountable for the avoidable deaths of thousands of Nigerians.”

On his half, ASETU President General, Chief Emeka Diwe, mentioned Buhari’s rebuke got here fairly too late. He mentioned: “Buhari’s belated rebuke is also not good enough. He needs to put up a serious, not pretended action against the insurgency. Boko Haram is nothing to Nigeria’s military strength if they are serious”.

Igbo elite group, Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF, additionally urged the President to transcend rebuke and exchange the service chiefs with new and vibrant officers.

MASSOB mentioned the rebuke was simply deceitful.

According to its chief, Comrade Uchenna Madu: “The management of the Movement for


the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra isn’t shocked that President Buhari will proceed in his antics of deceiving the folks of Nigeria.

“To the folks of Nigeria, Buhari is a monumental failure and disappointment.’’


The Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, urged the President to cease the blame sport, and take away the Service Chiefs.

Buhari has prerogative to fireplace service chiefs—Bode George

Former Military Governor of previous Ondo State, Commodore Bode Olabode, retd, mentioned the President has the prerogative to fireplace the Service Chiefs if he’s bored with their efficiency.

George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, mentioned: “When you keep too lengthy on a seat, you get drained, maybe they’re drained. It is Buhari’s prerogative to maintain them. If they’ve been there since he acquired there for over 5 years now, it’s his prerogative.

“For me, if he is not satisfied with them, it is not for public consumption, he should just take appropriate action. There is so much insecurity in the northern part of the country and it is coming to the South.”

Rebuke reveals Buhari isn’t in cost – Arewa youths

President, Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, mentioned: “Like many different Nigerians, what President Buhari mentioned as regards the service chiefs, clearly confirmed he isn’t totally in cost as Commander-in-Chief.

It was an indication of weak point. Majority of Nigerians are agitating for his or her removing and it needs to be unconditional due to their incapacity to achieve their project through the years. Our expectation is for the president to alleviate them of their positions.”

Ijaw professionals, Bayelsa CAN, others converse

President Ijaw Professionals Association, Iniruo Wills, mentioned: “The President’s rebuke is overdue however not passable. The rebuke isn’t sufficient. “

Reverend Father Joseph Opelema, Vicar General Catholic Diocese of Bomadi and Vice Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Bayelsa State chapter, mentioned: “The service chiefs are behaving like politicians who sit tight in workplace even when the whole system is crumbling.’’

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