- The Senate has asked Tukur Buratai and other service chiefs to resign over rising incidents of insecurity in Nigeria
- The unanimous decision was made on Tuesday, July 21, during plenary
- The red chamber also resolved that the top hierarchy of the military should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against its operations
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Following the rising insecurity in Nigeria, the Senate on Tuesday, July 21, asked the country’s service chiefs to step aside without any further delay.
Legit.ng reports that the resolution followed a motion by Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno), who expressed worry over the reported voluntary retirement of over 200 army officers.
The red chamber also asked its joint committee on security to find out why the officers were deserting the service.
In reaction to Ndume's motion, senators called for the dismissal of the service chiefs during plenary.
The Senate also resolved that the top hierarchy of the military should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against its operations to find a way forward.
Ndume said it is worrying that soldiers were ambushed recently in Katsina with several of them killed as well as allegations of unprecedented voluntary retirement of over 200 soldiers.
He said if this trend continues, it would have dire consequences on the country.
Despite his concerns about the security situation, Senator Ndume did not call for the dismissal of the service chiefs.
The call for their dismissal was an additional prayer to his motion in the course of deliberations.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday, July 20, declared that terrorism and banditry would end in Nigeria when the citizens of the country decide.
It was reported that Buratai made this known when he visited the Presidential Villa to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the progress of the war against insecurity in the country.
He said in order to put the menace behind, all Nigerians must join hands in the fight, adding that the criminals involved are mostly citizens of the country.
He said even though terrorism is relatively new in the country, insecurity has been around for a long time, as he added that what is important is how each case is dealt with at a particular rime.
Buratai said even though there may be setbacks in the effort to tackle the problem, it does not mean that those handling it do not have the requisite competence.
He had said: “As to whether banditry, terrorism and so on will end, I think it all depends. If Nigerians want it to end today, I can assure you it will end today if everybody joins hands because these bandits are not outside Nigeria, they are not from a foreign land.
“These terrorists, 99% of them are Nigerians. These kidnappers I will say 100% of them are Nigerians. So it’s not just a military, security agency task to end the insecurity in this country. It’s only when it goes bad that we are called in, but everybody has the responsibility to handle that."
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