- Northern elders have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack service chiefs
- The northern elders under the CNCE advised the president to restructure the country's security architecture to end insecurity in Nigeria
- The group said the service chiefs could not offer a solution to the insecurity problems facing the country
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Following the spate of insecurity in Nigeria and incessant attacks on innocent people by the members of the dreaded Boko Haram, the Coalition of North-central Elders (CNCE), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack all service chiefs with immediate effect.
This Day reports that the group said the restructuring of the nation’s security architecture became necessary over the cases of killings and kidnapping across the country.
Legit.ng gathered that the national chairman of the group, Usman Bida, and its national secretary, Moses Okudu, in a statement issued on Monday, September 7, in Abuja, expressed disappointment in the assurances and rhetoric of President Buhari to tackle the problem, which they said was no longer appealing.
The group noted that alert on the presence of the Boko Haram elements in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), by the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), was as a result of ‘intelligence failure’ on the part of security agencies.
“We join other well-meaning Nigerians to call on Mr. President to immediately restructure the current security architecture in the country with the sacking of the service chiefs as the first steps. Nigerians are tired of rhetoric and promises of the security situation getting better," it said.
The group added that people are killed on a daily basis, women are raped and children killed by this terrorist group in Niger state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Nigeria's defence minister, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), sent an important message to the service chiefs as he marked his one year in office.
It was reported that a statement by his special assistant on media and publicity, Mohammad Abdulkadir, indicated that he charged the service chiefs and heads of other security agencies to raise the bar of patriotic service to the nation.
In another report, over 78,000 farmers abandoned the farmland in Borno, Katsina, Taraba, Plateau and other states in the north over the continuous menace of Boko Haram terrorists, bandits and herdsmen in the areas.
It was gathered that about 56,000 Internally Displaced Households (IDH) farmers from 28 communities in Borno state have lost no less than 504,000 metric tonnes of food since 2015.
According to the reports, the farmers cultivate about 95,000 metric tonnes of crops yearly and that before they abandoned their farmlands engaged in wet and dry season farming and fishing.
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