North East Elders lament over worsening insecurity, asks Buhari to sack Service Chiefs
The Coalition of North East Elders for Peace and Development, CNEEPD, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to show the country’s service chiefs the way out by rearranging the country’s security architecture, with a view to improving the security of Nigeria, adding that the poverty level in the North East has become unbearable.
Expressing worries over the worsening security situation in the country, CNEEPD lamented that excuses by service chiefs are no longer tenable, they called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, listen to the voice of the majority of Nigerians by implementing the recent resolution of both chambers of the National Assembly.
CNEEPD in the statement on Sunday, signed by the chairman, Mr. Zana Goni, said it regretted that they had kept quiet thinking the situation would get better.
The elders further stated that they were compelled to speak out following what they described as growing security problems in the country, adding that their silence before now was misunderstood because of the geographical background of the service chiefs.
The statement reads: “The worsening security situation in the country is further reinforcing the urgent need to inject new hands with fresh ideas to handle the nation’s security architecture. We have seen that the security situation under the current service chiefs has reached an unbearable state.
“There is no denying the fact that at this moment, the entire nation is distressed by the incessant mindless killing of our citizens and pillaging of defenseless communities by insurgents, bandits and kidnappers.
”There is no denying the fact also that these have resulted in indescribable agony, anguish and torment to the Nigerian citizens.
”Following these, we, the Coalition of North East Elders for Peace and Development, in the strongest terms, restate the call to President Muhammadu Buhari to honor the resolution of the National Assembly and positions of the majority of Nigerians to immediately remove the service chiefs and bring in new hands to effectively confront the security challenges staring us in our face as a nation.
“We are stating our position this day with deep and unbearable pains, given the lingering and unabated insecurity on our land. There is no doubt that ten years down the line, the situation is worsening by the day. This is unacceptable, considering the efforts the President has put in so far to arrest the situation.
“While we sincerely appreciate the President’s efforts in trying to secure our land and the country at large, we must be bold to state the obvious that his service chiefs who are the drivers of his vision on security have run out of ideas to end the war, and need to be shown the way out.
“As elders, we can no longer sit on the fence over the issue which is the nightmare of every Nigerian.
“We wonder why the President is still keeping the service chiefs, despite calls from every quarter for them to go.
“We wish to remind our dear President that Nigerians are so tired of excuses for insecurity. They want to see changes.
“Nigerians voted for you massively because of your vast experience in security but as it stands today, they are fed up and want to see a secured North East and Nigeria.
“Mr. President sir, sacking the chiefs and appointing new and younger officers into the system will naturally restore lost morale, zeal, hope and confidence in the Armed Forces and the entire security architecture of the country.
“It is obvious that the current crop of service chiefs have overstayed and have run out of ideas to win the war against insurgents.
“Mr. President must show them the way out, our ways of livelihood in the North East have been destroyed by the insurgents, the poverty level in our zone now is so high. It is on this premise that we are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs without further delay.”
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News