Afenifere, Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs like he did to the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC).
Buhari last week recommended the sack of the NWC of his party, and it was immediately implemented at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, which took place in the State House, Abuja.
Reacting to the protracted war against insurgency in the North-east, Afenifere asked Buhari to apply the same swiftness that was used in sacking his party’s NWC, to also dismiss the service chiefs, who have faced criticism for poor performance.
The organisation, in a statement through its spokesperson, Yinka Odumaki, while lamenting the escalating cases of kidnapping, banditry, and acts of terrorism in the country, wondered why the president has continued to allow the service chiefs to remain in office.
“It is clear that we have lost the war against Boko Haram insurgents even though the Federal Government has made so much propaganda about their exploits against Boko Haram. On a daily basis, it is becoming clearer that Boko Haram is on top of us,” the statement read.
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“We need to get back to the drawing board, to devise strategies to contain these criminals; otherwise, Nigeria may go under with these insurgents.
“Afenifere urged the president to go beyond scolding the security chiefs and relieve them of their duties. The group said if President Buhari believed the best of the service chiefs was not good enough, as he told them, he should sack them immediately instead of leaving them at their posts without any visible results.
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“That was a totally unexpected decision. For those who have failed us in the last five years, who are not able to contain insurgency and the only thing the president could do was to warn them that he was not satisfied with their performance without kicking them out of office, appointing fresh hands, and boosting morale in the armed forces is unacceptable.
“There are young officers who have been demoralised because these service chiefs should have gone long ago and other people would have risen in their place.
“By leaving them when they are not performing, you are killing morale.
“Within your political party, how many months has the crisis taken, yet you dissolved the NWC, put a caretaker committee. Why can’t you rejig the security architecture like that.”