Members of the Red Chambers of the Nigerian National Assembly have once again called for the immediate sack of all Service Chiefs, even as they again lamented over the state of insecurity in the country.
The lawmakers made this known on during the debate on the abduction of over 300 students, following gunmen’s attack on Government Science Secondary School, GSS, in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The debate was a follow up to the motion raised by one of the lawmakers, Senator Bello Mandiya, from Katsina State.
Seconding the motion, Senator Sani Musa said, “There is a need for this chamber to draw the attention of Mr. President that enough is enough; these Service Chiefs should go.
“I am being very honest and talking from the heart. Enough of this thing. I wish the National Assembly will take drastic action on this. We have been appropriating; where are these funds going to?”
In his contribution, Senator Gabriel Suswam criticised the Service Chiefs, saying that the lawmakers will support the Senate President in whatever resolution is decided to address kidnappings and insecurity in the country.
Lamenting that the Senate has done its best, but that the executive is not listening and they are becoming helpless, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele questioned why President Buhari has refused to remove the Service Chiefs.
He quipped, “We know the law and we are committed to protecting the constitution of the country. Today, Nigerians need to be told, we have tried our best, but nobody seems to be listening to us. What is the problem in removing Service Chiefs?”
Condemning in strong terms the attack on Government Science School, Kankara, Katsina State; the lawmakers urged the President to consider and implement the recommendations of the Senate ad-hoc Committee on Nigeria Security Challenges dated March 17th 2020.
In his contribution, the Senate President said, “There is nothing more important for the government to do than securing the lives of citizens of this country. That is the most important function of any government. I could see the level of frustration so to say.”
He added that the legislative arm “should think outside the box” and continue to engage with the executive arm of government until the appropriate actions are taken.
Recall that the Senate had earlier on December 1 recommended that President Buhari remove the Service Chiefs and replace them with people with fresh ideas and solutions.
The lawmakers requested that the President restructure and remodel the entire security architecture and investigate allegations of widespread corruption and leakages within the security architecture.
The call came in the wake of the attack on rice farmers in Borno State, which left at least 40 people dead.