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Published On: Fri, Apr 20th, 2018

Nigerians in Diaspora knock Senate over resolution on security chiefs

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By Stanley Onyekwere

As reactions continue trailing the recent call by the Senate for President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the nation’s service chiefs, Nigerians in the Diaspora under the auspices of Nigerians in Diasporas Monitoring Group (NDMG), have expressed dismay over the resolution.
The Nigerians living abroad dismissed the state of insecurity on which the lawmakers predicated their call as a smokescreen, as security breaches that would have been insignificant in the past are now being highlighted for public attention owing to the dearth of more devastating news.
NDMG, which reacted in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Uchenna D. Okereke, stated that the disposition of the senators can demoralize troops in the battle front and give Boko Haram terrorists an upper hand.
They maintained that the demand being made by the senators on Buhari is politically motivated and an integral part of manoeuvring for the 2019 general elections, stressing that the senators do not have the capacity to assess the ongoing war against terrorism.
The statement reads: “NDMG is dismayed by the demand from the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria asking that the military service chiefs be changed.
“The security situation in the country, which Senators cited as their reason, is nothing but a smokescreen given their history of continually trying to isolate President Muhammadu Buhari from the performing ones among his appointees.
“NDMG is saddened that the demand by the lawmakers is premised on anecdotal evidences and not the subject of statistical analyses that would have showed that there has been improvement in the responsiveness to security breaches on the part of the Armed Forces.
“The reality is that incidences that would have been insignificant in the past are now highlighted for public attention for lack of more devastating news; interpreting this as bad has the tendency to demoralize troops and hand the initiative to terrorists.
“We further challenge the lawmakers to be decisive in charting a course for the future of policing in Nigeria so that the military services can re-focus on their constitutional mandates without the distraction of cleaning up situations that do not require military deployments in other climes.
“While we advise the Senate to walk back its poorly thought out position, we use this opportunity to appeal to the military chiefs and the troops under their commands not to be discouraged by the demand from the lawmakers.
“They should see the call as a minor skirmish in the psychological component of the ongoing counter-insurgency operation. Nigerians, the electorates who these lawmakers represent, greatly appreciate what the service chiefs have done so far.”

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