The present crop of officers at the helm of the nation’s military should resign immediately and allow new hands to take over the war against terrorism and banditry in the country.
This was the position of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike during the wreath-laying and parade ceremony to mark the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Port Harcourt on Friday.
While acknowledging the sacrifices and efforts of the present security chiefs in the battle against insurgency, he argued that it appears the threats posed by the rampaging activities of Boko-Haram, killer herdsmen and bandits seem to have overwhelmed the capability of the country’s security architecture as presently constituted.
He, therefore, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately fire the current service chiefs and replace them with fresh hands.
“A country is as strong as its Armed Forces. Her inability to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency despite years of full military engagement shows that all is not well with our approaches and commitments to the battle against internal insecurity.
“Today, therefore, also raises the need for all of us to be worried by the deteriorating security situation across the country and restate the call on the Federal Government to do everything necessary to bring the security threat by Boko Haram and armed bandits to a decisive end in the shortest time possible.
“We thank the Service Chiefs for their efforts so far in the battle against the insurgents. But we also align with the concern of citizens that having seemingly reached their wits’ end, they should now give way for fresh hands and ideas to give the fight the impetus that it so strongly needs to ensure that Boko Haram and killer bandits are comprehensively defeated and smoked out of existence.
“The time has come for the Federal Government to stop the pretence, change strategy, seek help from our friends and confront the urgency of the internal insecurity situation in Nigeria with every weaponry at its disposal to stop the killing, free all hostages and improve the physical security of our country for all Nigerians,” Wike said.
The Governor said the least duty every Nigerian owes the soldiers, veterans, and their families was to continue to remember, honour, and celebrate them for their extraordinary courage in service and sacrifice to the country. We also salute and honour every serving member of the Nigerian Armed Forces carrying on today in the noble tradition of those before them dutifully defending our nation’s territorial integrity.
“They are fighting to keep us safe and secured in the face of insurgencies from Boko Haram, Bandits and other criminal elements threatening our peace and security across the country.