- A former Department of State Services director has reacted to the challenges of insecurity in the country
- Mike Ejiofor stated that replacing service chiefs will not solve Nigeria's security challenges
- The former DSS director also noted that the service chiefs are doing their best, but it is not enough
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Mike Ejiofor, the former director of the Department of State Services (DSS), has said that replacing Nigeria's service chiefs will not solve the security challenges in the country.
Ejiofor who disclosed this during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise on Saturday, August 8, said though the heads of security and intelligence agencies have done their best, however, it is not yet enough.
According to him, if the service chiefs are replaced now, there won't be any change. The former DSS boss also said that the military and security services are ill-equipped.
He went on to note that President Muhammadu Buhari who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is the only person authorised to change the service chiefs.
He said: "Even if you change the service chiefs now, under the present operating circumstance and environment, there is not going to be any change.
“Our military and security services are ill-equipped; they are understaffed just like any other sector of our polity. With this pandemic coming in, it becomes a problem. But we have to move forward.”
The former DSS boss while calling for collaboration for the nation to win the war against terrorism, added that Nigeria alone cannot curb the menace.
Ejiofor explained if Nigeria wants to win the battle against insecurity the country has to completely restructure its security architecture.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that senators on Tuesday, July 21, asked the president to sack the nation’s service chiefs and also called for the resignation of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu.
The lawmakers made the demands in their respective contributions to the discussion on the security situation in the country during plenary.
The senators said the service chiefs should be replaced since they do not have new ideas in fighting insecurity, adding that the top hierarchy of the military should brief its relevant committees on the factors militating against its operations to find a way forward.
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