A frontline Civil Society Organisation, Citizen Rights Action for Peace has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from renewing the tenure of service chief, urging him to instead use the opportunity to overhaul the system for better efficiency.
The CSO, in a statement signed by its executive director, Sani Nurudeen maintained that extending the tenure of the service chiefs has not in any way added value to the fight against insecurity and insurgency.
The group further stated that allowing the service chiefs keep their job was a waste of time and tax payers money.
The statement reads in part: “The duo of Chief of Defence Staff, Major General L. E Irabor and Chief of Air Staff Isiaka Alao who have hit the retirement bar since last year have not done anything significant to be retained beyond their service years. We wish to remind Mr President that this practice of keeping Service Chiefs beyond their retirement dates does not add value to the security architecture of the country.
“We appeal to the president and commander in chief of the Armed forces not to allow what happened during Lt. Gen. Buratai regime to repeat itself. The security apparatus must quickly be overhauled and new blood injected into the system.
“Similar incidences such as the persistent attacks on the Kaduna-Abuja railway and kidnappings are amongst the few fallouts of a demoralized security structure in the country.
“These events are clear manifestations of weak intelligence gathering and coordination. It is, therefore, time for Mr President to restructure the entire intelligence-gathering architecture of the country.
“It is sad to note that those who failed in intelligence gathering during the era of Buratai are elevated. Intelligence is key to any meaningful security operations and as such, due diligence must be taken in ensuring that only competent persons man intelligent agencies.”