Nigerian Senate, Tuesday, asked the service chiefs – Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, Defence and Interior to leave the stage, giving rising insecurity in the country. The Senate resolution followed incidents of killings of soldiers fighting insurgency and banditry in parts of northern Nigeria.
Senator Ali Ndume, Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, through point of order, moved the motion calling for the resignation of the service chiefs. The Senate is concerned about the disturbing records of soldiers killed in the fight against insurgency. It believes this was capable of frustrating the war against insurgency and banditry.
Senators noted, in their contributions to the motion, stated that members of the armed forces, who are scared of losing their lives in the fight against banditry and insurgency, have begun to resign from the military. Senator Ayo Fadahunsi, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Customs, in his added prayers, demanded the stepping aside of the service chiefs. It was seconded by Senator Betty Apiafi.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, ruled on the motion which was, overwhelmingly, supported by senators present. The Senate asked the service chiefs to step aside, and urged President Buhari to appoint new service chiefs and minister of interior with fresh ideas.
Joint committees on Defence, Army, Air force, Police, and Interior were mandated to receive briefings from the new service chiefs and the Minister of Interior when appointed.
Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, also, Tuesday, reacted to the Senate moved urging the president to appoint new service chiefs. He said the appointment and sacking of service chiefs remained the prerogative of the president.
Adesina’s statement was titled: “Service Chiefs – Position of Presidency on Resolution of the Senate”. He said the presidency noted the resolution of the Senate, but President Buhari would do what is in the best interest of the county.
“The Senate Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on the service chiefs to resign or be sacked due to the multi-pronged security challenges in the country. The Presidency notes the resolution, and reiterates that appointment or sack of service chiefs is a presidential prerogative, and President Muhammadu Buhari, in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, will do what is in the best interest of the country at all times,” Adesina said.