A group of elders in the North Central states of the country under the aegis of Coalition of North Central Elders, have joined in the call for President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the service chiefs over the state of insecurity in the country.
In a statement signed by their National Chairman, Engr Usman Bida and National Secretary, Barr Moses Okudu, the elders appealed to the President to immediately restructure the security architecture.
They further stated their concerns about the alert on the presence of Boko Haram elements in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT Abuja, by the Nigerian Customs Service, and attributed the development to what they called “intelligence failure” on the part of the security agencies.
The position of the North elders came barely 24 hours after another group in the North under the umbrella of Arewa Professional Forum, APF, did not only express concerns over the worsening state of insecurity but also appealed to the President to relieve the top security heads from their position and appoint fresh hands in the security management system.
The APF further said it was “saddened that there is no state in the North Central that is free of terrorists attacks or that has not had its own fair share of the mindless killings of innocent citizens one time or the other”, recalling with regret that the region was at a time “the most peaceful in the entire North”.
They also reminded the President that the first step in restoring security in the country was the restructuring of the security architecture with the sacking of the service chiefs as they believe that four officers cannot be more experienced than thousands of officers in the Armed Forces.
However, as they put forward their grievances to President Muhammadu Buhari, they stated their reason of voting in the President was because of his vast experience in security and his integrity and they expect the best from him.