Senate urges Buhari to sack service chiefs as Reps plan to summon President over insecurity

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The Senate has advised that President Muhammadu Buhari should begin the replacement of service chiefs following the killing of 43 farmers.

The Senate President, Ahmed Lawan told Buhari to immediately restructure the country’s security architecture in order to fight against insurgents and secure lives of citizens.

Lawan said: “I Urge the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to immediately initiate the transitionary process of phasing out the current over-stayed security chiefs and replacing them with new ones with new ideas and solutions;

“I urge the President to take immediate steps to restructure, remodel and revamp the country’s entire security architecture and provide enough state-of-the-art weapons and equipment to effectively combat the belligerent power of the insurgents.”

The Senate President also admonished the President to immediately set up a probe panel into widespread allegations of corruption and leakages within the security structure and put mechanisms in place to foster transparency.

“The President should ensure all resources meant and deployed for security are actually spent on the needs on ground; Impress on the Federal Government to aggressively explore multilateral and bilateral options of partnership with the neighbouring nations of Chad, Niger and Cameroon towards reviving and strengthening the Multinational Joint Task Force.

“Finally, as a way of proffering long term solution to Nigeria’s existential security challenges, the Federal and States Government must adequately address all immediate and remote causes of insecurity in the nation,” Lawan added.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has passed a resolution to invite President Buhari to brief the house on the true state of security in Nigeria.

The decision to summon President Buhari was taken at Tuesday’s plenary.

The House considered a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent massacre of 43 rice farmers in the state by Boko Haram insurgents.

The debate became rowdy after the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said it would be inappropriate to invite Buhari to disclose the actions being taken towards handling the security situation in the country.

Gbajabiamila described it as counter-productive.

Some members of the House opposed the Speaker’s position and this descended into a rowdy debate.

The House then went into an executive session to resolve the matter.

After the executive session which was held behind closed doors, the House resumed and Representative Ahmed Jaha who is one of the sponsors of the motion moved an amendment to invite the President to brief on the security situation in the country.

His amendment was seconded and unanimously adopted.

No date was however announced for the invitation.

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