- Senator Ali Ndume has said that the president cannot appoint new service chiefs now
- The lawmaker said Nigeria is in a time of war and cannot afford a new set of service chiefs
- Ndume also said that with serious Military deployment, Nigeria can be able to address the issue of insecurity in various states of the country as well as maintain the much needed peace
The lawmaker representing Borno South senatorial district, Ali Ndume, has given reasons President Muhammadu Buhari cannot afford to change or appoint new service chiefs in Nigeria for the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Police.
Ndume, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Army in an interview with Thisday, said the president cannot afford to change the military leadership because Nigeria is in a complete state of war.
The lawmaker said the president has no option but to retain the service chiefs not only because of circumstances in the north east but all over Nigeria.
He said with serious Military deployment, Nigeria can be able to address the issue of insecurity in various states of the country as well as maintain the needed peace.
Ndume said: “We are in a war. Definitely, we are in a war. We are fighting the insurgents in the North-east and in the north west."
The lawmaker also said that the Nigerian Military is so much involved in addressing issues of insecurity in the country.
He also said that the deployment of Military personnel in many zones of the federation is such that the military is involved almost in all parts of the country.
“The military is so involved in so many security challenges. In fact, in almost the 36 states, in fact, this is a pointer that we are at war," Ndume said.
He said: “Coincidentally, the president is a retired army general and he knows this war situation better than most Nigerians; and he knows when to change his army commanders and when not to do that. As commander-in-chief, he understands this war situation better than we the civilians."
“I’m sure he is doing the right thing as the commander-in-chief and when he finds it necessary, he will effect changes," Ndume added.
He also said that he did not think changing the service chiefs would solve the insecurity in the country.
“I don’t think that changing the service chiefs will be the solution to the insecurity in the country. I don’t think that this war is not won because the service chiefs are still there and have not been changed," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ndume had promised to work hand in hand with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
Ndume said also said he will work with the deputy Senate president, Omo Ovie-Agege to ensure that Nigerians receive the kind of service they deserve.
The Borno South lawmaker described Lawan as a well-experienced lawmaker, who is four years ahead of him.
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