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Published On: Thu, Apr 19th, 2018

22 CSOs berate Senate over call for sack of Service Chiefs

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By Stanley Onyekwere

A coalition of twenty two Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) yesterday berated the Senate for calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack all the current Service Chiefs, for allegedly failing to secure lives and property in the country.
The groups under the aegis of the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative, at a press conference, in Abuja also accused some politicians in the country of benefitting from the insecurity in the land.
Convener of the Initiative, Comrade Emmanuel Okpokwu Ogenyi, said some politicians in the country worsen the insecurity situation in the country by giving cover to some of the criminals.
“Instead of asking for a change in military leadership, they must first provide the necessary political support for addressing Nigeria’s security challenges. The executive arm under the able leadership of President Buhari and the Armed Forces have done their part.
“Had the legislature demonstrated an equal zeal as opposed to actively supporting terrorists, these crises would have been history by now.
“We challenge the federal lawmakers to deliver resolutions that will tackle foreign nations that are sponsoring terrorism in Nigeria, like Iran.
“This must be in addition to calling out countries that midwifed the instability that has poured fighters and weapons into Nigeria from Libya and other North African states.
“National Assembly members have the burden of calling themselves and other politicians to order and arrive at an accord not to introduce more firearms into the country as Nigerians go to poll,” he said.
He continued: “The military had concluded on decisively dealing with these security threats before the elections so that no one would use them as excuse to postpone or scuttle the polls as was the case in the past.
“This is commendable and proof that the military is desirous of defending and protecting our democracy at any cost.”

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