- Umahi says it is wrong to sack service chiefs
- According to the Ebonyi governor, instead of sacking them, they should be given more funds
- The governor who praised the service chiefs said they are committed to protecting Nigeria
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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has thrown his weight behind service chiefs as many Nigerians want them relieved of their positions.
The governor who disclosed this in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi on Friday, August 7, the federal government should give the military more funds to diligently fight insecurity in the country.
The governor insisted that the service chiefs are committed to defending the territorial integrity of the country.
“I want to disagree with the National Assembly in my own view about the change of service chiefs. One thing I have realised is that we like change too much in this country. We want everybody to taste every seat,” he said.
“That is not what we need at this critical time of our security challenges. What we need is cooperation with the security agencies.
Going further, he said that sacking the service chiefs now may derail the fight against insurgency and criminality as their successors may take some time learning the ropes.
“So I will be suggesting to Mr President in support of his retaining the service chiefs that we should increase their funding of the armed forces, we should increase their logistics, we should increase the programme that will bring information to the security agencies," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a group, Save Humanity Advocacy Centre (SHAC) has tasked all relevant stakeholders and security experts across Nigeria to look inwards to find solutions that could complement military's quest to end terrorism, banditry and other criminal vices in the country.
SHAC said the solution to the threats posed by the Boko Haram terrorists and other militant groups rests in the hands of Nigerians and not international bodies.
The spokesperson for SHAC, Bayo Ogunseye, said only the Nigerian military and the citizens of the country have "the magic wand to end Boko Haram" once and for all.
Admitting that the Nigerian military has made substantial progress against insurgents and bandits in the last five-years, Ogunseye said the homemade approach is one way to ensure criminality ends in Nigeria.
He also called for massive support troops of the military in its various operations across the northeast region and other parts of the country.
"We have received several promises from the international community on several occasions, yet none has materialized before our very eyes," Ogunseye said.
Ogubseye said the centre is saddened by this realization and wonders how Nigeria got it wrong with security to the extent that some individuals and groups would be blinded by personal gains to assist in the perpetuation of evil against the nation.
"The attack on Governor Babagana Zulum should also serve as a pointer that terrorists are friends of nobody and not only fighting the military but the rest of us," he said.
Ogunseye added: "They have no friends but see all Nigerians as enemies, this much the International Criminal Court must classify as crimes against humanity."
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