Borno killings: sack service chiefs now, Senate tells Buhari

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Senate has asked President, Muhammadu Buhari to sack service chiefs as a result of their failure to secure Nigerians.

Folowing a motion by Senator Kashim Shettima on the recent killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by the Boko Haram insurgents, the Senate has passed this decision for the third time this year.

The red chamber while demanding a probe into the allegations of corruption and financial leakage levelled against some top hierarchy of the military, also asked Buhari to replace the security chiefs with new ones “immediately”, and to restructure and remodel the nation’s security architecture.

The Senate asked Buhari to aggressively negotiate with the nation’s neighbouring countries for multinational cooperation in order to strengthen the war against insurgency.

It directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, NEMA and NEDC to provide succour and psychological support for the families of the victims, PUNCH reported.

While urging the federal and state governments to address issues fueling insecurity, the Senate sought proper welfare for soldiers at the war front and proper resettlement and support for the families of the fallen soldiers, and similarly called for massive recruitment into the military and the police force.

Meanwhile, Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu in an interview on Arise TV on Tuesday, said the demands for the sack of service chiefs is not the solution to the security challenges in the country.

“The clamour for the sack is out of place considering that the president is not subject to the opinion of opposition political party which has clamoured for this all the time.

“It is entirely his (Buhari) determination; he decides who he keeps as his service chiefs and for how long,” Shehu said.

Shehu who had earlier criticised the slain farmers for going to their farmlands without military clearance, said “I am not aware that the tenure of service chiefs is subjected to any law or regulation that is clearly stated, they serve at the pleasure of the president and (if) the president is satisfied with their performance, he keeps them. The buck stops at his table —with due respect to the feelings of Nigerians.”

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