- Again, President Muhammadu Buhari has been told to sack the country's service chiefs
- The demand was contained in a statement by the Yoruba elders who said insecurity has posed a challenge to the national unity
- The Yoruba elders said Nigeria is sitting on the keg of gunpowder if sacking of service chief is not done
Yoruba leaders under the aegis of Coalition of Oduduwa Elders (COE) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service as a first solid step in solving the security challenges in the country.
In a statement on Monday, January 25, the coalition, through its national coordinator Dr Tunde Aremu said the southwest region is being threatened by foreign herders.
The coalition accused the Armed Forces of failing in its primary duty of defending the nation’s territorial integrity against external aggression.
It added that it has been watching with keen interest how the security of the country has deteriorated in recent times, The Guardian reports.
The group said Nigeria is "sitting on a keg of gunpowder" and there is a possibility of another civil unrest due to the "actions and inactions of the president" as far as security is concerned.
According to the group, the president must restructure the country which must start from the sack of the service chiefs.
"We say that failure to take action may well be an invitation to another civil war, the end of which we cannot predict.
“Our country is sitting on a keg of gunpowder, and if nothing is done urgently, we may face another civil unrest, as the citizens are tired of the actions and inactions of the President in the area of security of lives and property.
“Restructuring must begin with the sack of the service chiefs and replacement with young and more competent officers.”
Only Buhari can sack service chief - Garba Shehu
Meanwhile, the presidency has described as "out of place" the mounting demands for the sacking of the Nigerian service chiefs over the spate of insecurity in the country.
Garba Shehu, senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, said this on Monday night, November 30, in an interview with Arise TV.
Shehu said the service chiefs "serve at the pleasure of the president" and since President Buhari is satisfied with their performance, the calls for their sack is out of place.
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