- Members of the National Assembly have been advised to stop calling for the sack of the nation's service chiefs
- The advice was made on Thursday, January 30, by the Olowu of Kuta, in Osun state, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama
- Oba Makama, however, called for a total overhauling of the security architecture in the country
A traditional ruler in Osun state, the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, Tegbosin 11, has advised the National Assembly and Nigerians calling for the sack of the service chiefs to have a rethink.
Legit.ng reports that the monarch said the Nigerian security situation in the country called for holistic appraisal instead of quick-fix.
Olowu in a statement issued by his media office on Thursday, January 30, said the call seemed to be hasty and transferred aggression to the service chiefs who have sacrificed a lot to defend the territorial integrity and the internal security of the country.
The monarch, who maintained that though the security of the country needs to be overhauled for optimum performance, said people should know that the military alone is not to be blamed for the lapses.
He, however, advised that stampeding the service chiefs out would not be the best way to appreciate their efforts.
He said: “The Senate and House of Representative's motions that the service chiefs should resign or be sacked is not the best way to appreciate their efforts. The danger inherent in such motions is that it will not only demoralise the officers and men who would feel let down by such decision, those coming to take over from them may be reluctant since it is the same military considering the monumental impact the present military leadership has made towards professionalism in the Army that we're not talking of, I think when dealing with the issue of security, we should be circumspect so as not to jeopardize the success we have achieved bearing in mind that fighting insurgents are not a conventional warfare."
Olowu said it is crystal clear that the military is overstretched and to support the military in fighting the insurgents, political options should be our collective responsibility.
He also said that once a military clears an area and rid it of Boko Haram elements, the onus is on the police and NSCDC and other security agents to occupy the area to secure it.
The monarch is also of the opinion that the Sambisa Forest ought to have been developed and used for extended mechanized farming once the military clears it instead of leaving it fallow for the insurgents to return and occupy the place.
“I think we need to do a critical appraisal of the insurgents with the view of proffering lasting solution that will be in the interest of all and sundry," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some senators sent a strong message to President Muhammadu Buhari over the high level of kidnappings and killings in every nook and cranny of the country.
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