by linda ikeji
Afenifere, the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has asked President Buhari to tackle the lapses in the security architecture of the country just as he did in his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), last week.
Recall that President Buhari last week recommended the sack of the National Working Committee NWC of his party and this was immediately implemented at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which took place in the statehouse Abuja.
Reacting to this development, Afenifere asked President Buhari to apply the same swiftness that was used in sacking his party’s NWC to also dismiss the service chiefs.
Lamenting about the escalating cases of kidnapping, banditry, and acts of terrorism by Boko Haram insurgents in the country, Afenifere while speaking through its spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, wondered why the president continued to allow the service chiefs remain in office.
“It is clear that we have lost the war against Boko Haram insurgents even though the Federal Government has made so much propaganda about their exploits against Boko Haram. On a daily basis, it is becoming clearer that Boko Haram is on top of us.
We need to get back to the drawing board, to devise strategies to contain these criminals; otherwise, Nigeria may go under with these insurgents.” the statement read
Afenifere urged the president to go beyond scolding the security chiefs and relieve them of their duties. The group said if President Buhari believed the best of the service chiefs was not good enough, as he told them, he should sack them immediately instead of leaving them at their posts without any visible results.
That was a totally unexpected decision. For those who have failed us in the last five years, who are not able to contain insurgency and the only thing the president could do was to warn them that he was not satisfied with their performance without kicking them out of office, appointing fresh hands, and boosting morale in the armed forces is unacceptable.
There are young officers who have been demoralised because these service chiefs should have gone long ago and other people would have risen in their place.
By leaving them when they are not performing, you are killing morale.
Within your political party, how many months has the crisis taken, yet you dissolved the NWC, put a caretaker committee. Why can’t you rejig the security architecture like that?” the group asked