The recent attack on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has been condemned by lawmakers in the House of Representatives.
The lawmakers while speaking called for the resignation of the service chiefs over the attack or they get sacked.
The call for the resignation of the service chiefs was made by the minority caucus and members from Southern Kaduna, where armed herdsmen and militias are wreaking havoc.
The caucus noted that it was shocked by the attack on the Borno State Governor, it noted that the incident is a wake-up call for the restructuring of the country’s security architecture.
The Minority Leader of the House, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, in a statement on Friday, titled ‘Attack on Governor Zulum: Reps Caucus Restates Call for Sack of Service Chiefs,’ urged the Presidency to implement the recent resolution of both chambers of the National Assembly, asking the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), to sack the service chiefs.
Recall that the Senate called on the service chiefs on July 21, 2020, to step down, following the killings of soldiers fighting insurgency and banditry in parts of northern Nigeria.
The Presidency, however, disagreed with the call claiming that the President has the power to appoint and sack service chiefs.
Elumelu, in the statement, noted that the attack on the governor and other dastardly activities of insurgents in various parts of the country “have further reinforced the urgent need to inject new hands with fresh ideas to handle the nation’s security architecture.”
The minority leader said, “The worsening security situation in the country under the current service chiefs has reached an unbearable state, to the extent that insurgents have the temerity to attack an armed convoy of a state governor.”
“We, the opposition lawmakers, hereby, in the strongest terms restate the call to President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the resolution of the National Assembly and immediately remove the service chiefs and bring in new hands to effectively confront the security challenges confronting our nation.”
The Peoples Democratic Party caucus also urged Muslims to exhibit the spirit of tolerance, sacrifice, mutual love and peaceful coexistence with others, “particularly in view of the numerous manmade challenges facing us as a people, including the several killings, kidnappings and general state of insecurity across the county.”
Leader of the caucus, Mr Kingsley Chinda, in a statement issued on Thursday, titled ‘Eid-el-Kabir: PDP Caucus in House Urges Muslim Faithful to Pray for Peaceful Coexistence,’ said the call became necessary, “more so, with the brazen and boldface corruption promoted by inept and unsustainable public policies and programmes, divisive tendencies occasioned by invidious governmental policies and actions, prayers are needed.”